Beignet meaning

bĕn-yā, bĕnyā
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A square doughnut with no hole.
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A fritter.
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A fritter with a filling of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, etc.
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A square doughnut or friedcake coated with powdered sugar.
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(UK) Fritter (with a fruit or vegetable filling)
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(US) A Louisiana style fried donut or fritter covered in powdered sugar.

We sat in a New Orleans cafe eating beignets and sipping cappuccinos.

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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."

    From Wiktionary