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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Awards along with fruit, bagels and bottled water follow race. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: July 2-8," 2 July 2018 And Humble Bagel will bake the bagels for Sunday brunch that, with its smoked fish and chopped liver, is a homage to New York City delis. Todd A. Price,, "Alon Shaya cooking again with Saba on Magazine Street: Opening Alert," 4 May 2018 The space features an oven and kettle that allows customers to look on as the bagels are made., "Long-awaited bagel spot now open in East Atlanta," 28 Jan. 2018 Head to the modern deli during Hanukkah to feast on classics like potato latkes, matzo ball soup, whitefish and bagels and lox. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "8 ways to celebrate the 8 nights of Hanukkah," 12 Dec. 2017 Apple fritters, sprinkle doughnuts, croissants, bagels, doughnut holes, bear claws, coffee, tea and smoothies are among the varieties offered at this growing local chain, now open on Central Avenue, north of Osborn Road in central Phoenix. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "19 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in May for donuts, salads, tacos, pizza," 1 June 2018 Stretch balls into bagel shapes without puncturing the center. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Butchertown Grocery's food (and chef!) continues to surprise, delight and intrigue diners," 3 Apr. 2018 If a freebie is also available to the general public — say, an ice cream shop is handing out samples or everybody gets a free bagel on their 10th visit — that’s a different story. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Restaurant critic sets the record straight on reviews, who pays for his food," 29 May 2018 And a doughnut within a bagel — on the bakery side, trying to make everything so complicated. Kara Baskin,, "Getting Salty with Share Our Strength’s Emily Ryan," 14 May 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 \

Kids Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring

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