Definition of hot cross bun in US English:

hot cross bun

noun

  • A bun marked with a cross and containing dried fruit, traditionally eaten during Lent.

    • ‘I'm no stick-in-the-mud, but I like my Easter Eggs chocolate and my hot cross buns fruit-filled and that's that.’
    • ‘According to superstition, hot cross buns and loaves baked on Good Friday never went mouldy, and were sometimes kept as charms from one year to the next.’
    • ‘As we waited to go out again, we sat in a circle, laughed and ate hot cross buns.’
    • ‘Traditionally served on Good Friday or Easter morning, hot cross buns are small and slightly sweet yeast buns with a rich history.’
    • ‘It's Saturday morning and the supermarket is busy, the car park is full and the air smells of hot cross buns.’
    • ‘The guy on the radio said that the fruit mince pies are gone, replaced immediately by the hot cross buns.’
    • ‘Churches Together in Otley will also be handing out 300 hot cross buns in the Market Place on Easter Saturday, April 10, from 10 am to 11 am.’
    • ‘The bakery, which has a 400-strong workforce, provides millions of loaves and other baked products, such as hot cross buns, each year.’
    • ‘Attempts to ban hot cross buns may be going a bit far, but they are entirely consistent with the mainstream view that causing offence to other religions and ethnicities is to be avoided at all costs.’
    • ‘I suggest using hot cross buns to make the most delicious bread-and-butter pudding.’
    • ‘Most shops sell hot cross buns long before Easter, this year a National Bakery chain is selling theirs with chocolate chips in - whatever next!’
    • ‘The smell and taste of the hot cross buns, traditional Easter fare, were connected forever with the sensation of attending those endless Holy Week ceremonies.’
    • ‘There was a taster session of some wine, fruit juice, cakes and hot cross buns.’
    • ‘Afterwards, young people in the congregation were invited to the community centre for Easter-related activities and there were also hot cross buns and refreshments in the Baptist Church.’
    • ‘Staff from the Evening Press also joined in the fun yesterday and gave away free six-packs of hot cross buns with every sale of the newspaper.’
    • ‘Clues to prizes will be placed around the High Street church and there will also be hot cross buns and Easter eggs on offer.’
    • ‘Youngsters arrived dressed in their home-made creations for a day of festive fun featuring dancing and hot cross buns.’
    • ‘This includes exotic bread and delectable cakes, as well as tarts and pies, to say nothing of hot cross buns and Easter eggs.’
    • ‘The people of Kuwait loves the hot cross buns so much that Fafnir's Hot Cross Buns are now authentic Kuwaiti cuisine eaten throughout the land.’
    • ‘All the events which years ago a child looked forward to at certain times of the year now take place all year round, eg hot cross buns and Easter eggs on sale at Christmas.’

Pronunciation

hot cross bun

/ˈˌhɑt ˈkrɔs ˌbən/