ba·​gel ˈbā-gəl How to pronounce bagel (audio)
plural bagels
: a firm doughnut-shaped roll traditionally made by boiling and then baking
[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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bagel was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Bagel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ba·​gel ˈbā-gəl How to pronounce bagel (audio)
: a firm doughnut-shaped roll

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