Definition of croissant in English:



  • A French crescent-shaped roll made of sweet flaky pastry, often eaten for breakfast.

    • ‘The standard menu contains the usual range of toasts, hot croissants, bread, scones, open and closed sandwiches.’
    • ‘Be they ‘au beurre’ or not, croissants are a French speciality to be found on breakfast trays around the world.’
    • ‘At restaurants and hotels, breakfast also includes small croissants.’
    • ‘The exciting range of breads includes croissant, pumpernickel and multigrain.’
    • ‘Why is a population that gorges itself on croissants, cheese, red meat, wine and brandy relatively slim and healthy?’
    • ‘From croissants with ham and cheese to a full Irish breakfast, I found it hard to choose.’
    • ‘I used to go down there every Saturday morning for fresh bread and croissants, but it soon lost its novelty status.’
    • ‘The French, on the other hand, continued to eat croissants, Brie and chocolate mousse without a second thought.’
    • ‘He wasn't impressed with the food because the breakfasts were of the continental variety, rolls with ham or cheese and croissants and brioche with jam.’
    • ‘This bakery produces a range of delicious continental breads such as croissants and pains au chocolat, as well as speciality loaves.’
    • ‘Every morning her husband brings her breakfast of croissants with strawberry jam and a bowl of fresh fruit to bed.’
    • ‘Sharing the building, on the ground floor, was a boulangerie that provided fresh bread and croissants each morning and delicious fruit tarts in the evenings.’
    • ‘For example, breakfast might consist of either Lebanese flatbread or French croissants with cheese and coffee or tea.’
    • ‘Danish pastries, croissants, toast and warm rolls are on offer, along with fruits, cereals and a full English breakfast, perfect to set you up for the day.’
    • ‘They played French bingo, known as Lotto, tried out their language skills and tasted French food such as baguettes, croissants and Camembert cheese.’
    • ‘Up to 40 stalls were set up in the Market Place on Sunday and Monday selling fresh baguettes and croissants, French fashions and wines.’
    • ‘Creamy Brie, buttery croissants, indulgent pastries are just part of the French paradox.’
    • ‘She ordered the Continental breakfast with oatmeal, croissant, and yogurt.’
    • ‘I might grab a croissant and usually have a bit of fruit with it.’
    • ‘Not five minutes later, her neighbor was over toting croissants, bagels, and a carafe of orange juice.’


Late 19th century: French (see crescent). The term had occasionally been recorded earlier as a variant of crescent.