bagel

noun
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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When not eating flagels (flat bagels that are, apparently, incredible) for breakfast, Malebranche handles all of the fourteen FedEx stations in the five boroughs of New York City. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 Both versions nix simple carbohydrates (bread, bagels, cereal, juice, dried fruit), starches (white pasta, white potatoes, white rice, corn, chips), and anything with added sugars. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, "Keto vs. Atkins: Here's What RDs Say About Picking the Right Diet for You," 10 Dec. 2018 The orderboard announces the day’s special as a bagel, croissant, or multigrain bread with a choice of toppings for $3.99. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "A Tale of Two Cities: A Snapshot of Washington D.C. On the Historic Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Day," 27 Sep. 2018 An observant employee at the Metro PCS next door saw something amiss at the bagel shop and jotted down the license plate for police, who later pulled over the car, a white Honda Accord, on I-95 North. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He held up a bagel shop. But he left something important in the getaway car, cops say," 22 June 2018 The bar at the University City branch of the Montreal-style bagel shop is wall-to-wall third-shift workers from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania every morning. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Sea what Greg Vernick is up to," 23 May 2018 Also on the menu are breakfast sandwiches, boba tea, bagels and smoothies. A.d. Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "St. Cloud Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 The healthy fat from the avocado together with the 21 grams of protein (mainly from the egg whites) and 7 grams of fiber (from the bagel and veggies) means this is a meal that will curb hunger and fuel busy days. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The healthiest things to eat at Panera Bread," 14 June 2018 But no one really associates Philadelphia with Montreal-style bagels and all of these TV shows come to Philly to highlight a cuisine that’s not really ours. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Hey TV hosts, you need a different Philly food challenge," 12 Jan. 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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bagel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring

bagel

noun
ba·​gel | \ ˈbā-gəl \

Kids Definition of bagel

: a bread roll shaped like a ring

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