The croissant is a type of bread. It is shaped like a crescent moon. It is usually a breakfast food. It is also called a crescent. It can also be called a crescent roll, although a crescent roll may be smaller. It is not a quick bread. It is made of a variant of puff pastry.
Breads shaped like crescents have been around since medieval times. Croissants used to be high-class food. Now they can be bought frozen which can be cooked with only a little work.
- Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. crescent.
- Williamson, Charles Norris. Rosemary: A Christmas Story. A. L. Burt. p. 43. "On a small table at her side a tray had been left, with the remains of dejeuner; a jug stained brown with streaks of coffee; a crumbled crescent roll..."