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1derogatory A German.
2US mass noun Sauerkraut.
- ‘This year we'll do 175,000 tons of sauerkraut, which is a lot of kraut.’
- ‘The common threads here seem to be cabbage and the process of fermentation, both key elements in kimchee and kraut.’
- ‘The crêpe stuffed with kraut was decent, said he, but nothing like his mama's.’
- ‘This was a nice bed of hot kraut with beefy pig chunks and a nice greasy slab of bacon with the herbs and mustard - good autumnal beer food, refined but not over-refined.’
- ‘He was picking up some sausage and kraut for his mom.’
- ‘Lana had only said no onions or chili; she hadn't said a thing about kraut.’
Late 18th century (in Kraut (sense 2)): from German, ‘cabbage’; Kraut (sense 1), which was frequently used during the First World War or Second World War, probably alludes to the use of cabbage as an ingredient in dishes considered typical of German cuisine.
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