bi·​aly bē-ˈa-lē How to pronounce bialy (audio)
plural bialys
: a flat breakfast roll that has a depressed center and is usually covered with onion flakes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the nineties, on a trip to Bialystok, Sheraton failed to locate a single bialy. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2022 And a really good trip back would include a bialy from Kossar’s and a slice from Upside Pizza or Joe’s in the Village. New York Times, 26 Sep. 2019 There are currently six to 10 bagel varieties (as well as bialy) offered daily including the classic plain, poppy seed, sesame and everything. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, 31 Jan. 2018 The bagels and bialys are made in-house Bon Appetit, 1 Aug. 2017

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Word History


Yiddish, short for bialystoker, from bialystoker of Bialystok, city in Poland

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bialy was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Bialy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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