Kraut

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A World War I-era shortening of sauerkraut, a typical German food.

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Kraut (plural Krauts)

  1. (ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A German.

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From Old High German krūt, chrūt, from Proto-Germanic *krūdą (plant, vegetable, herb). Cognate with Old Saxon krūd (whence Low German Kruut), Old Frisian krūd (whence Saterland Frisian Kruud), Old Dutch krūt (whence Dutch kruid), Yiddish קרויט (kroyt).

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Kraut n (genitive Krauts or Krautes, plural Kräuter)

  1. herb; useful plant; plant used to flavour food, or for medicinal effect
  2. (botany) plant, the above-ground portions of which are not woody
  3. (regional, chiefly southern Germany, uncountable) cabbage (vegetable)
  4. (regional, western Germany, uncountable) a thick syrup made from fruit or, most often, sugar beets (see Rübenkraut)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From English Kraut (German), mostly via American films about World War II. The English terms is from sauerkraut, due to the British and American perception of sauerkraut as a stereotypically German dish.

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Kraut m (genitive Krauts, plural Krauts)

  1. (exotic, pejorative) a German (from an Anglo-Saxon perspective)
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  • (a German, from an Anglo-Saxon person): Fritz