ba·​gel | \ ˈbā-gəl How to pronounce bagel (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Since 1982, the artisanal baker has spent his days serving up dozens of varieties of the traditional doughy flatbread — as ubiquitous on Lebanese breakfast tables as a croissant in Paris or a bagel in New York. Washington Post, "A baker’s tale: A Beirut landmark struggles to survive unending crises," 18 Sep. 2020 The bagel shop wasn’t the only stop on their outing this Tuesday, September 15. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Prince William Reportedly Had the Best Reaction to Losing to Kate Middleton in a Bake-Off," 18 Sep. 2020 Try this on a bagel half or English muffin, or with red pepper strips. Judy Walker,, "Check out these recipes for healthy snacks, whether you love crunchy, sweet or creamy treats," 9 Sep. 2020 Micah Pendergraft, a 45-year-old Guerneville resident, ran out of the store with a bagel and orange soda. Sarah Ravani,, "In evacuated Guerneville, life is at a standstill as LNU Complex threatens to destroy it," 24 Aug. 2020 After seven years boiling and baking bagels and pouring coffee, the owner of a Corktown bagel shop has decided to close and sell the business. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Institute of Bagels is closed; building and business are up for sale," 9 Sep. 2020 The Brammers will text you from a bagel burner phone. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Making some dough: Meet 5 Dallas-area bakers going big with a bread business," 2 Sep. 2020 But Mohamed, a longtime bagel-maker, will sure try. Phillip Valys,, "Lox, stock and bagel: Mo’s Bagels & Deli replacing iconic Sage Bagel in Hallandale Beach," 28 Aug. 2020 Try making your cloud bread savory, Mussi recommends, by skipping the sugar and adding a bagel seasoning. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "What is cloud bread? TikTok’s latest colorful food trend, explained," 26 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of bagel was in 1908

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24 Sep 2020

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“Bagel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring


ba·​gel | \ ˈbā-gəl How to pronounce bagel (audio) \

Kids Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring

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