bei·​gnet | \ˌbān-ˈyā, ˌben-\

Definition of beignet 

1 : fritter

2 : a light square doughnut usually sprinkled with powdered sugar

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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 Morning Call, the long-running beignet and coffee stand, is facing competition to keep its lease at City Park's casino building, reports WWL. Todd A. Price,, "Morning Call could lose City Park location: report," 9 May 2018 Specialties included ham and cheese croissant, shrimp etouffee, quiche Lorraine, macarons and beignets. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Most shocking restaurant closings of the year in Phoenix ... so far," 5 July 2018 And of course, there are sweet treats like powdered sugar beignets and sno-balls, which is finely shaved ice flavored with different syrups like strawberry, Georgia cream and apple. Grace Wong,, "Just Opened: Ina Mae brings a taste of New Orleans to Wicker Park," 20 June 2018 The Congolese Catholic Choir of San Antonio will be performing, and members of the Congolese community will be selling fare such as chicken and beef kabobs and beignets. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "This weekend’s Folklife Festival savors Texas’ many flavors," 6 June 2018 Loretta's Pralines praline-stuffed beignet was added to the menu at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2015. Ann Maloney,, "Loretta's Pralines finds its sweet spot at New Orleans Jazz Fest," 24 Apr. 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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