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, diminutive Kräutchen n or Kräutlein n)

  1. (countable) herb; useful plant (plant used to flavour food, or for medicinal effect)
  2. (countable, botany) plant whose above-ground portions are not woody
  3. (uncountable, regional, southern Germany, Austria) cabbage (vegetable)
  4. (uncountable, regional, western Germany) a thick syrup made from sugar beets or, less often, fruit
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  • (cabbage): This sense has become common in northern and central Germany in the words Krautsalat and Sauerkraut, but not otherwise.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From English Kraut ‎(German), mostly via American films about World War II. The English term 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. (slang, derogatory, offensive) a German (from an Anglo-Saxon perspective)
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  • (a German, from an Anglo-Saxon perspective): Fritz