bei·​gnet ˌbān-ˈyā How to pronounce beignet (audio)
: a light square doughnut usually sprinkled with powdered sugar

Examples of beignet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spend your days exploring the city, attending parades, and eating beignets and snowballs, and then head back to the boutique hotel for R & R by the rooftop pool. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 Cold brew coffee is available, and a new type of beignet is available, with the dessert getting a lemon filling and glaze. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2023 Start with the blue crab beignets, which are served with malt vinegar aioli. Megan Dubois, Chron, 14 Mar. 2023 Along with beignets, po’boys, and gumbo, there are lots of reasons to visit. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 24 July 2023 Why are my beignets raw in the middle? Oil that's too hot will quickly brown the beignets before the centers have a chance to cook. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 20 July 2023 Something my daughters and I like to do is get the beignets in a white bag at Royal Street Veranda (formerly at Mint Julep Bar). Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 My kids devour the fried chicken, glazed biscuits (bring wipes of some kind), and beignets. Kara Baskin,, 26 May 2023 Haute Sweets also has King Cake Bread Pudding, hot chocolate balls, and beignets on Saturdays. Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beignet was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Beignet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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