ba·gel | \ ˈbā-gəl \
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, the spontaneous burst of joy that usually accompanies a goal has become as unimaginative as slapping cream cheese on a bagel. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The World Cup of Boring Celebrations," 13 July 2018 People want to be part of a moment Danielle and Blaine Rupe considered opening up their bagel shop only in downtown Ottumwa. Donnelle Eller, USA TODAY, "Rural malls hit hard times, leaving shoppers adrift as more stores close," 8 June 2018 Named for Tower Records founder Russ Solomon, the deli’s menu will include matzo ball soup, bagels and lox, and pastrami sandwiches. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Solomon’s Deli to open Davis location next month | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 More: Over-the-Rhine getting a bagel shop: The Bagelry to open Reading, 5 p.m., Halker-Flege American Legion Post 69, 9000 Reading Road, Reading. downstairs clubroom. Luann Gibbs,, "Good Friday is your last chance to catch a Lenten fish fry," 30 Mar. 2018 The man had reportedly thrown things inside the coffee and bagel shop in an unspecified disagreement. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man arrested after running over manager during dispute at Caribou Coffee in Waukesha," 28 Feb. 2018 The Walk is pet friendly and includes family activities, coffee, bagels, hot dogs and other food. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 8 May 2018 The current menu includes coffee and tea, wine and beer, and an all-day food menu of bagels, croissants, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and cheese boards. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Slowpokes coffee bar expanding to Kirby Grove," 18 June 2018 Get ready for texts filled with cupcakes, bagels, skateboards, and even some red hair representation because the arrival of iOS emojis has officially been (check mark emoji) confirmed. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "New Emoji Arrive on June 5, 2018," 4 June 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


ba·gel | \ ˈbā-gəl \

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: a bread roll shaped like a ring

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