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1derogatory A German.
2US mass noun Sauerkraut.
- ‘The common threads here seem to be cabbage and the process of fermentation, both key elements in kimchee and kraut.’
- ‘Lana had only said no onions or chili; she hadn't said a thing about kraut.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The crêpe stuffed with kraut was decent, said he, but nothing like his mama's.’
- ‘This year we'll do 175,000 tons of sauerkraut, which is a lot of kraut.’
- ‘He was picking up some sausage and kraut for his mom.’
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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