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

Examples of bagel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From casually romantic wine bars to hangover-curing bagel spots, these spots are worth turning your day trip into a long lazy weekend. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Both owned by Ed Gavrila, Shaun Leva and Michael Saghian, the traditional New York-style delicatessen and the bagel bakery are set to open at 5422 Bellaire Blvd. in fall 2020, according to a Thursday release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "New York Deli & Coffee Shop to open new location in Bellaire," 7 Nov. 2019 The Beyond Sausage Sandwich is now the second best-selling item in Dunkin's Manhattan stores, following the company's bacon, egg and cheese bagel. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Dunkin' is launching its Beyond Meat sandwich nationally," 21 Oct. 2019 Then there’s pastries with a side of waffle. Smoked salmon and bagels., "“I’m not doing this again. Find another cook.” So the search began for an alternative family vacation. Dude ranches. Cruises. Safaris. We couldn’t reach a consensus.," 17 Oct. 2019 Fireman started his career with a quintessential New York food: bagels. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Why Shelly Fireman Is the King of Pre Theater Dining," 15 Oct. 2019 The pair sat in front of my building, chain-smoking and getting bagels from a restaurant around the corner. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "The Black Cube Chronicles: The Private Investigators," 7 Oct. 2019 Firefighters eventually put out the fire, and the interstate highway was partially closed for hours of bagel cleanup. Fox News, "Truck carrying 38,000 lbs of frozen bagels catches fire on Indiana highway," 7 Oct. 2019 My updated version takes advantage of the fact that everyone is now selling everything bagel seasoning in jars, and the combination of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, toasted onion, toasted garlic and coarse pretzel salt is a really wonderful addition. Stacey Ballis,, "Break the fast for Yom Kippur with mini noodle kugels and everything bagel salad," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of bagel was in 1908

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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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