[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. behçet's syndrome,
  2. beiderbecke,
  3. beiderbecke, bix,
  4. beige,
  5. beigel,
  6. beijing,
  7. beilan pass,
  8. being,
  9. beira,
  10. beirut

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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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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