Etymology
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crouton (n.)

1806, from French croûton "small piece of toasted bread," used in soups, salads, etc., from croûte "crust," from Old French crouste (13c.), from Latin crusta "rind, crust, shell, bark" (from PIE root *kreus- "to begin to freeze, form a crust").

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Definitions of crouton

crouton (n.)
a small piece of toasted or fried bread; served in soup or salads;
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