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

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Cajun Encounters Tour Company Cajun Encounters takes you 45 minutes from French Quarter beignets and Bourbon Street nonsense, but the bayou feels a world away. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do In New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 Just make sure to save room for the pillowy chocolate beignets. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 His version of Cajun means complex rouxs that take hours and patience to make; square beignets, not doughnut-shaped; and catfish that comes breaded in corn flour, not the usual cornmeal. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Tasting samples, 'lagniappe' add to appeal of The Lost Cajun in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 There are all sorts of fancy food items, from chicken and beignets to lemon pepper wings to a signature Italian pizza. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Hawks offering plenty of other options in new-look arena," 23 Oct. 2018 Unlike, say, the beignets at New Orleans’ Cafe du Monde, the Don Wagyu $180 sandwich seems to be less of a foodie’s bucket-list experience than a freak-show curiosity: How could a sandwich cost as much as a plane ticket to Florida? Jason Gay, WSJ, "It’s Obscene to Pay $180 for a Steak Sandwich—But It Sure Was Yummy," 17 Aug. 2018 Think fluffy crab beignets served with lemon powder and Old Bay aioli and sumptuous grouper swimming in thyme butter with crawfish and cornbread gnudi. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Stock Island is Key West's laid-back neighbor. Here's why you should go | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 This New York-style pizza joint is a multitasker, offering beignets and coffee in the morning. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Cheating on deep-dish: Where to find other pizzas in the Windy City," 5 Sep. 2017 At Zisters, the brunch menu includes some appetizers to share, including beignets ($7) and an acai bowl with granola. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brunch restaurant Zisters in Elm Grove sets its opening for June 7," 29 May 2018

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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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