beignet

beignet

[ben-yey; French be-nye]
noun, plural beignets [ben-yeyz; French be-nye] .
1.
a fritter or doughnut.
2.
French Cookery. any fruit, vegetable, seafood, etc., dipped in batter and deep-fried.

Origin:
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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beignet (ˈbɛnjeɪ)
 
n
chiefly (US), (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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beignet
"fritter," 1835, from Fr. beignet "fritter, eggroll, doughnut" (14c.), from O.Fr. buigne "bump, lump," from a Gmc. source (cf. M.H.G. bunge "clod, lump"), or from Gaul. *bunia (cf. Gael. bonnach).
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