- a fritter with a filling of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, etc.
- a square doughnut or friedcake coated with powdered sugar
Origin of beignetFr, fritter
- A square doughnut with no hole: “a New Orleans coffeehouse selling beignets, an insidious Louisianian cousin of the doughnut that exists to get powdered sugar on your face” (Los Angeles Times).
- A fritter.
Origin of beignetFrench, fritter, from Old French, from diminutive of beigne, bump, lump, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh bôn, stump, base. Our Living Language New Orleans, Louisiana, has been a rich contributor of French loan words and local expressions to American English. Many New Orleans words, such as beignet, café au lait, faubourg, lagniappe, and krewe, reflect the New World French cuisine and culture characterizing this region. Other words reflect distinctive physical characteristics of the city: banquette, a raised sidewalk, and camelback and shotgun, distinctive architectural styles found among New Orleans houses.
Borrowing from French beignet, from Middle French bignet, from Old French bignet (“fried dough enveloping a food substance”), a diminutive of Old French bigne, bugne, buyne (“lump, swelling”), from Old Frankish *bungjo (“lump, bump, swelling”), from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô (“lump, heap, crowd”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ- (“thick, dense, fat”). Cognate with Old High German bungo ("swelling, tuber"; > German Bunge), Dutch bonk (“lump, clump”), Gothic [script?] (buggja, “tuber, swelling”). Related to bun, bunk, bunch, bunion. Also connected to Gaulish *bunia and Gaelic bonnach "cake, biscuit."