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[bey-guh l] /ˈbeɪ gəl/
a leavened, doughnut-shaped, firm-textured roll, with a brownish glazed surface, made of dough first poached and then baked.
Origin of bagel
dialectal German
1930-35; < Yiddish beygl; compare dialectal German Beugel < Germanic *baug- ring (see bee2) + *-il- noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bagel
  • When you heat up a bagel in the toaster, that's bagel warming.
  • On the other hand, you can get awesome pizza and even a good bagel.
  • Don't get me started on the lack of bagel offerings.
  • The bistro specializes in fresh-brewed coffee, bakery items, cold food and a wide variety of bagel sandwiches.
  • The morning menu features a variety of quesadillas, bagel sandwiches and biscuits and gravy.
  • Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and free fruit and bagel breakfasts each morning.
  • For breakfast, you can pack cereal or buy a muffin, bagel or other inexpensive item.
  • The restaurant's brunch offerings include a seasonal fruit display, roast carving station and bagel bar.
  • On-site dining options include a restaurant, a lounge, a bagel shop and a sports bar.
  • These bagel-shaped rings of dough can be found in bakeries across the country.
British Dictionary definitions for bagel


a hard ring-shaped bread roll, characteristic of Jewish baking
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish beygel, ultimately from Old High German boug ring
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Word Origin and History for bagel

1919, from Yiddish beygl, from Middle High German boug- "ring, bracelet," from Old High German boug "a ring," related to Old English beag "ring" (in poetry, an Anglo-Saxon lord was beaggifa "ring-giver"), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz-, from PIE root *bheug- (3) "to bend," with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (cf. Old High German biogan "to bend;" see bow (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for bagel



A tennis set won 6–0 •The term, said to have been coined by Eddie Gibbs, has spread to other sports, where it often means ''zero, zip''

[1980s+; fr the shape of a bagel, fr Yiddish beygl, of uncertain origin but attested fr the early 1600s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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