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[ben-yey; French be-nye] /bɛnˈyeɪ; French bɛˈnyɛ/
noun, plural beignets
[ben-yeyz; French be-nye] /bɛnˈyeɪz; French bɛˈnyɛ/ (Show IPA)
a fritter or doughnut.
French Cookery. any fruit, vegetable, seafood, etc., dipped in batter and deep-fried.
Origin of beignet
1830-35, Americanism; < Louisiana French (def 1), French (def 2), Middle French bignet pastry filled with fruit or meat, equivalent to buyne literally, bruise, lump from a blow (of uncertain origin; cf. bunion) + -et -et Unabridged
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  • Nor in gougre or beignet or bouche will Parmesan betray confidence.

    The Feasts of Autolycus

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for beignet


(mainly US & Canadian) a square deep-fried pastry served hot and sprinkled with icing sugar
Word Origin
C19: French bignet filled pastry, from buyne, literally: bump or lump
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Word Origin and History for beignet

"fritter," 1835, from French beignet "fritter, eggroll, doughnut" (14c.), from Old French buigne "bump, lump," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German bunge "clod, lump"), or from Gaulish *bunia (cf. Gaelic bonnach).

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