[ben-yey; French be-nye]
- a fritter or doughnut.
- French Cookery. any fruit, vegetable, seafood, etc., dipped in batter and deep-fried.
Origin of beignet
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Nor in gougre or beignet or bouche will Parmesan betray confidence.The Feasts of Autolycus
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- mainly US and Canadian a square deep-fried pastry served hot and sprinkled with icing sugar
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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