A pretzel is a crispy snack or a soft, baked good. Both kinds of pretzel usually have a distinctive, knot-like, twisted shape.

Pretzels are salty snack foods, so you'll find them alongside potato chips and popcorn in the grocery store. Pretzels that come in a bag are crisp and small, while the soft kind is often sold from food carts and topped with mustard. The pretzel was originally a German invention, so it makes sense that the word comes from the German Brezel, which is rooted in the Medieval Latin brachitella, "biscuit in the shape of folded arms."

Definitions of pretzel
  1. noun
    glazed and salted cracker typically in the shape of a loose knot
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    soft pretzel
    a pretzel made of soft bread
    type of:
    a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet
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