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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Instead of receiving an apple on your desk, teachers can honor themselves with bagels, chicken sandwiches, pizza, and more! Madison Roberts,, "All the Restaurants Where Teachers Can Get Free Food on Teacher Appreciation Day," 7 May 2018 The pastrami is cured and smoked in-house, bagels are kettle-boiled and hand-rolled, and all breads are house-made next door. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 After claiming a Jewish banking dynasty controls the climate and federal government, D.C. Council member Trayon White’s path to atonement included a bagels and lox breakfast with fellow lawmakers and local Jewish community leaders. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Bagels, lox and apologies at breakfast to discuss D.C. lawmaker’s anti-Semitic comments," 27 Mar. 2018 Curb Your Carbs Back away from the pizza bagels (at least for a little while). Diana Vilibert, Redbook, "5 Easy Ways to Lose Water Weight ASAP — Without Starving Yourself," 12 Jan. 2017 There are also more food options, like a bagel, which after beta testing, now includes some cream cheese smear (Thank god. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Check Out the Newest Wave of Emojis That You Can Get on Your Phone Now," 31 Oct. 2018 There's also a bagel, but that new pick caused a little bit of controversy when the new emoji news was first announced. Temi Adebowale, Marie Claire, "Every New Emoji Coming to Your iPhone With the Latest iOS Update," 30 Oct. 2018 D’Apolito met Wilder for bagels in his Connecticut garden in 2015, but did not interview him on camera. Jenna Marotta, Vogue, "In Love, Gilda A Comedy Legend Finally Gets Her Due," 20 Sep. 2018 There are four bagels on the menu — plain, whole wheat, rye and everything. Jenn Harris,, "L.A.'s breakfast king is back with cacio e pepe cream cheese bagels in Highland Park," 1 Mar. 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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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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