Kraut (noun)

  1. A preparation of finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria, used as a food.
  2. A derogatory term for a person of German descent or origin, especially one living in the U.S.

Origin:

Short for sauerkraut, from german sauer sour + kraut plant, from middle high german krōt, from old high german.

Examples:

  1. I love to put kraut on my hotdog.
  2. Sauerkraut is a traditional dish in German cuisine.
  3. I'm not sure if I want to try the kraut, it smells pretty strong.
  4. Some people are offended by the term "kraut" because of its derogatory connotations.
  5. During WWII, American soldiers referred to Germans as "krauts".
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