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beignet

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

a fritter or doughnut.
French Cooking. any fruit, vegetable, seafood, etc., dipped in batter and deep-fried.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for beignet

beignet
/ (ˈbɛnjeɪ) /

noun

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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