ba·gel | \ˈbā-gəl \
plural bagels

Definition of bagel 

1 : a firm doughnut-shaped roll traditionally made by boiling and then baking

2 [ from the resemblance of a bagel to the zero in the score of such a set ] tennis, slang : a set (see set entry 2 sense 15) in which one player or team wins every game They were never in danger of losing, taking a 5-1 lead in the first set and registering a bagel in the second.— Mike McGovern

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Pulsonetti was born in New York, but left behind the bagels and the Big Apple for San Diego sunshine. Ramona Sentinel, "Reception for ‘Celestial’ artist set for April 14," 7 Apr. 2018 Really, said White, his bagel and lox mostly untouched. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Bagels, lox and apologies at breakfast to discuss D.C. lawmaker’s anti-Semitic comments," 27 Mar. 2018 The green bagels will be available at participating bakeries from March 16 to March 17. Mahita Gajanan, Fortune, "These Are the 11 Best Deals on Food and Drinks for St. Patrick's Day 2018," 15 Mar. 2018 But before returning to business-as-usual, be sure to sub your usual breakfast bagel for an egg dosa, a crispy, savory Indian pancake packed with spice—something new and delicious for a go-getter like you. Catherine O’neill, Bon Appetit, "March Horoscope Time: What's Your Egg Sign?," 2 Mar. 2018 Detroit Institute of Bagels If a full sit-down breakfast isn't your thing, consider the beautiful simplicity of the bagel. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Here's where to load up on carbs before the Detroit Marathon," 11 Oct. 2017 Instead, the spontaneous burst of joy that usually accompanies a goal has become as unimaginative as slapping cream cheese on a bagel. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup of Boring Celebrations," 13 July 2018 People want to be part of a moment Danielle and Blaine Rupe considered opening up their bagel shop only in downtown Ottumwa. Donnelle Eller, USA TODAY, "Rural malls hit hard times, leaving shoppers adrift as more stores close," 8 June 2018 Named for Tower Records founder Russ Solomon, the deli’s menu will include matzo ball soup, bagels and lox, and pastrami sandwiches. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Solomon’s Deli to open Davis location next month | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bagel

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bagel

Yiddish beygl, from Middle High German *böugel ring, from bouc ring, from Old High German; akin to Old English bēag ring, būgan to bend — more at bow

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English Language Learners Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring


ba·gel | \ˈbā-gəl \

Kids Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring

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