[ ben-yey; French be-nye ]
/ bɛnˈyeɪ; French bɛˈnyɛ /

noun, plural bei·gnets [ben-yeyz; French be-nye] /bɛnˈyeɪz; French bɛˈnyɛ/.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beignet

  • Nor in gougre or beignet or bouche will Parmesan betray confidence.

    The Feasts of Autolycus|Elizabeth Robins Pennell

British Dictionary definitions for beignet


/ (ˈbɛnjeɪ) /


mainly US and Canadian a square deep-fried pastry served hot and sprinkled with icing sugar

Word Origin for beignet

C19: French bignet filled pastry, from buyne, literally: bump or lump
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