a leavened, doughnut-shaped, firm-textured roll, with a brownish glazed surface, made of dough first poached and then baked.

1930–35; < Yiddish beygl; compare dialectal German Beugel < Germanic *baug- ring (see bee2) + *-il- noun suffix Unabridged
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bagel or beigel (ˈbeɪɡəl)
a hard ring-shaped bread roll, characteristic of Jewish baking
[C20: from Yiddish beygel, ultimately from Old High German boug ring]
beigel or beigel
[C20: from Yiddish beygel, ultimately from Old High German boug ring]

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Word Origin & History

1919, from Yiddish beygl, from M.H.G. boug- "ring, bracelet," from O.H.G. boug "a ring," related to O.E. beag "ring" (in poetry, an Anglo-Saxon lord was beaggifa "ring-giver"), from P.Gmc. *baugaz-, from PIE base *bheug- "to bend" (cf. O.H.G. biogan "to bend;" see bow (v.)).
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doughnut-shaped yeast-leavened roll that is characterized by a crisp, shiny crust and a dense interior. Long regarded as a Jewish specialty item, the bagel is commonly eaten as a breakfast food or snack, often with toppings such as cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon).

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