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bagel

[bey-guh l]
noun
  1. a leavened, doughnut-shaped, firm-textured roll, with a brownish glazed surface, made of dough first poached and then baked.
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Origin of bagel

1930–35; < Yiddish beygl; compare dialectal German Beugel < Germanic *baug- ring (see bee2) + *-il- noun suffix
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  • But donner and bagel, what need you be so curious about the life of this boy, who is neither your bloot nor kin?

    Quentin Durward

    Sir Walter Scott


British Dictionary definitions for bagel

bagel

beigel

noun
  1. a hard ring-shaped bread roll, characteristic of Jewish baking
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Word Origin

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