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 These fritters arrived in the South via French Canadian (Acadian) settlers in the 18th century, making the beignet a standard of Cajun culture and cuisine. Casey Barber, CNN, 18 May 2022 Glazed beignet with hot foodie cream and powdered sugar. Dwight Brown, Essence, 18 May 2022 The eatery features its original beignet recipe and its signature buttercream and cinnamon syrups. Kathy Jumper, al, 8 May 2022 The beignet story notwithstanding, Reed’s chapter on passing is one of his least effective. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 Keith LaRose, a native of New Orleans, wanted one thing — a beignet. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Apr. 2022 Bur is a sweet fried bread or doughnut similar to a beignet. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 The decadent canapé takes the place of a traditional bread roll, presented as a beignet atop jams made from local apricot, cherry or orange blossom — depending on the season. Valerie Demicheva And Flora Chang, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021 As an appetizer, there are the ubiquitous West African beignet-like spheres called puff puffs; each bite here trills with nutmeg. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2021 See More

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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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18 Jun 2022

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“Beignet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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