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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Bruegger’s Get your morning bagels catered all week long with 20 percent off all pickup or delivery catering orders. Madison Roberts,, "All the Restaurants Where Teachers Can Get Free Food on Teacher Appreciation Day," 7 May 2018 This is short attention span theater, as my colleague Steve Rosenbloom would say, people getting information while their bagel is toasting. Teddy Greenstein,, "Mike Greenberg’s new ESPN show 'Get Up!' off to a surprising start," 2 Apr. 2018 Their bagels are made by CWC, the Cooking with Caitlin restaurant several blocks away. Polly Campbell,, "New and Noted: A roundup of recent restaurant news," 29 Mar. 2018 The Detroit Institute of Bagels in Corktown boils and bakes its bagels for a firm outer crust and chewy interior. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Here's where to load up on carbs before the Detroit Marathon," 11 Oct. 2017 This week, a 21-year-old woman who professes her love for everything bagels on dating sites: straight, 21, single, Upper East Side, intern. The Cut, "The Confident Intern Easing Into a New Relationship," 24 June 2018 The chain is offering $2 off a big bagel bundle with this offer. Leada Gore,, "St. Patrick's Day 2018: Best deals, discounts, freebies to celebrate all things Irish," 16 Mar. 2018 On a chilly afternoon with spitting rain, Mi-Amore volunteer Julie Love wheels a cart piled with boxes of fruits, vegetables, a few roasted chickens and prepared meals, and lots of bagels and breads out to her SUV. Alison Arnett,, "At Mi-Amore, volunteers put recovered food in the hands of those who need it most," 26 June 2018 Customers can pre-order a half dozen bagels or more in person at the store or by phone through Tuesday, February 13 for a Wednesday pick up. Joey Morona,, "Einstein Bros. has heart-shaped bagels for Valentine's Day," 12 Feb. 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


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Kids Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring

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