A square doughnut with no hole.
A fritter with a filling of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, etc.
A square doughnut or friedcake coated with powdered sugar.
Origin of beignet
- French fritter from Old French from diminutive of beigne bump, lump of Celtic origin Welsh bôn stump, base
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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."