beignet

noun
bei·​gnet | \ ˌbān-ˈyā How to pronounce beignet (audio) , ˌben- \

Definition of beignet

1 : fritter
2 : a light square doughnut usually sprinkled with powdered sugar

Examples of beignet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The classic beignet, sold three to a plate, 24 hours a day, 364 days a year. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "No amount of powdered sugar can hide the disappointment of Popeyes’ chocolate beignets," 16 Dec. 2020 Gadot said as the host picked up a jelly sufganiyot, a cross between a beignet and a jelly doughnut, served at Hanukkah. Los Angeles Times, "Go ahead and snicker, but Gal Gadot loves Taco Bell: ‘This is amazing’," 15 Dec. 2020 The restaurant — a former Fuzzy’s Taco Shop — is splashed in New Orleans themes, with a Mardi Gras parade route painted on one wall and another corner fashioned as a Cafe du Monde-esque coffee and beignet counter. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Argyle gets spicy new restaurant, ‘where French Quarter meets backwater Cajun’," 5 Nov. 2020 The beignet-sized black rail has red eyes, dark gray feathers and big feet. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Endangered species status granted to black rail, mysterious bird that thrives in Louisiana marsh," 7 Oct. 2020 The kits are expected to include a beignet, a sweet roll, a doughnut, a cookie, a piece of cake and a cheesecake. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s pumpkin frenzy is already peaking as October beckons," 25 Sep. 2020 At Cafe du Monde, a four-piece brass band entertained morning diners at the iconic beignet eatery. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Fifteen years and $15 billion since Katrina, New Orleans is more prepared for a major hurricane. For now.," 25 Aug. 2020 Secret recipes to make in quarantine:United Airlines' stroopwafel, Disney's beignets and more Banana bread Don't want to waste your overripe produce? Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "The most-searched recipes on Google to inspire your next quarantine meal," 26 May 2020 Diners still have the option of ordering menu staples like crawfish corn beignets and shrimp and grits for take-out or dine-in. Dalila Thomas, Dallas News, "Bacon, biscuits and bubbles: Our 7 favorite D-FW brunch-to-go deals," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of beignet

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beignet

American French & French; American French, from French, from Middle French bignet, from buyne bump, bruise

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“Beignet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beignet. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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