the two main characters in the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are a brother and sister who get lost in a forest. They find a house made of gingerbread, which is owned by an evil witch who likes to catch children and eat them. When the witch tries to cook Hansel, Gretel pushes her into the oven, and Hansel and Gretel escape with the witch's money and jewels.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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