bagel

[ bey-guh l ]
/ ˈbeɪ gəl /
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noun

a leavened, doughnut-shaped, firm-textured roll, with a brownish glazed surface, made of dough first poached and then baked.

Origin of bagel

1930–35; < Yiddish beygl; compare dialectal German Beugel < Germanic *baug- ring (see bee2) + *-il- noun suffix
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bagel

beigel

/ (ˈbeɪɡəl) /

noun

a hard ring-shaped bread roll, characteristic of Jewish baking

Word Origin for bagel

C20: from Yiddish beygel, ultimately from Old High German boug ring
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Word Origin and History for bagel

bagel


n.

1919, from Yiddish beygl, from Middle High German boug- "ring, bracelet," from Old High German boug "a ring," related to Old English beag "ring" (in poetry, an Anglo-Saxon lord was beaggifa "ring-giver"), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz-, from PIE root *bheug- (3) "to bend," with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (cf. Old High German biogan "to bend;" see bow (v.)).

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