- a rich, light cake cut from a rolled dough and deep-fried, usually having a twisted oblong shape and sometimes topped with sugar or icing.
- Also called French cruller. a rich, light, raised doughnut, often with a ridged surface and sometimes topped with white icing.
- US and Canadian a light sweet ring-shaped cake, fried in deep fat
1805, American English, apparently from Dutch kruller, from krullen “to curl,” from Middle Dutch crullen, related to .