Definition of cracknel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkraknəl/ /ˈkræknəl/


  • 1A light, crisp, savory biscuit.

    ‘The boiling and frying technique remained in use in the Middle Ages for making cracknels, which were small, crisp, sweet biscuits.’
    • ‘Round cracknels were given to festival participants.’
    • ‘Reginald stared dismally at the biscuit-tin, which now presented an unattractive array of rejected cracknels.’
    • ‘Suddenly Rudolf, his mouth blocked up with cracknels, took out a stamp album from under his jacket, and spread it before me.’
    • ‘Visible everywhere since they are sold by street vendors are the cracknels, often dusted with coarse salt or poppy-seeds.’
    • ‘And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him.’
    • ‘Primarily, the cracknel was oval and was produced in three basic types: solo, with salt, or with poppy-seed.’
    • ‘The mouth of Francis felt dry inside, just as if he had been eating cracknels, he explained afterwards.’
    • ‘Among the latest achievements of the Committee are the kosher cracknels made for export.’
    • ‘Dip the pieces of cracknel in milk, spread sesame on them and place them on a baking pan.’
  • 2Small pieces of crackling.


Late Middle English alteration of Old French craquelin, from Middle Dutch krākelinc, from krāken ‘to crack’.