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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And there are numerous sweet spreads to go with fruit and nut bagels.
▪ Glen accused her of letting the bagels get wet.
▪ More than $ 500 million worth of bagels were sold in the United States in 1994.
▪ One thing is clear: Daily News readers are big bagel eaters.
▪ The bagel has a rich history, though its origin is somewhat apocryphal.
▪ The bagels, almost dry, got wet again.
▪ The Daily News bagel team, which surveyed 13 bagel establishments recommended by readers, arrived at the same conclusion.
▪ Who do you think will come buy bagels and lox on Ninth Street?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

bagel \ba"gel\ (b[=a]"g'l), n. [Yiddish beygl, prob. fr. dial. G. Beugel.
--RHUD] a glazed leavened doughnut-shaped roll with a hard crust.

Note: A similar roll in Russia is called a bublik.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1919, from Yiddish beygl, from Middle High German boug- "ring, bracelet," from Old High German boug "a ring," related to Old English beag "ring" (in poetry, an Anglo-Saxon lord was beaggifa "ring-giver"), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz-, from PIE root *bheug- (3) "to bend," with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (such as Old High German biogan "to bend;" see bow (v.)).


n. 1 A toroidal bread roll that is boiled before it is baked. 2 (context tennis slang English) A score of 6-0 in a set (after the shape of a bagel, which looks like a zero).


n. (Yiddish) glazed yeast-raised doughnut-shaped roll with hard crust [syn: beigel]


A bagel ( ; ), also spelled beigel, is a bread product originating in the Jewish communities of Poland. It is traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, which is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. The result is a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior. Bagels are often topped with seeds baked on the outer crust, with the traditional ones being poppy, sunflower or sesame seeds. Some also may have salt sprinkled on their surface, and there are also a number of different dough types, such as whole-grain or rye.

Though the origins of bagels are somewhat obscure, it is known that they were widely consumed in eastern European Jewish communities from the 17th century. The first known mention of the bagel, in 1610, was in Jewish community ordinances in Kraków, Poland.

Bagels are now a popular bread product in North America, especially in cities with a large Jewish population, many with different ways of making bagels. Like other bakery products, bagels are available (either fresh or frozen, and often in many flavor varieties) in many major supermarkets in those countries.

The basic roll-with-a-hole design is hundreds of years old and has other practical advantages besides providing for a more even cooking and baking of the dough: the hole could be used to thread string or dowels through groups of bagels, allowing for easier handling and transportation and more appealing seller displays.

Bagel (disambiguation)

A bagel is a ring-shaped roll of yeasted wheat dipped in hot water prior to baking.

Bagel or bagels may also refer to:

  • Bagel (rocket fuel), the unofficial whimsical name suggested by pioneering rocket fuel scientist Mary Sherman Morgan, who engineered the Hydyne-LOX fuel combination used by North American Aviation in their early U.S. rocket designs of the incipient space race.
  • Bagel (game), a computer game written in the 1970s
  • Zero, in slang
  • Bagel (tennis), in tennis, an expression meaning to win a set 6–0.
  • Winning any game by shutout
  • Also, Bagels, a webcomic featuring a main-character named "Bagels"
  • Bagels & Yox, a 1951 comedy/variety theater revue
  • "Bagels", an episode of the television series Teletubbies

Usage examples of "bagel".

The large platter also contained smoked salmon, pickled herring, liver pate, melba toast, bagels and cream cheese, artichoke hearts and slices of Kiwi fruit and papaya.

Along each side of the long center aisle there were stalls selling yogurt with fruit topping, kielbasy on a roll with sauerkraut, lobster rolls, submarine sandwiches, French bread, country pate, Greek salad, sweet and sour chicken, baklava, cookies, bagels, oysters, cheese, fresh fruit on a stick, ice cream, cheesecake, barbecued chicken, pizza, doughnuts, cookies, galantine of duck, roast beef sandwiches with chutney on fresh-baked bread, bean sprouts, dried peaches, jumbo cashews and other nuts.

The lox, bagels and cream cheese were supplemented with star fruit and vegetables flown in from the tropics and shrimp caught in the cool waters of the north.

I tried to pretend he was there on his own business, even tried to drum up anger or indifference, but neither came, and then he had warm bagels and veggie cheese and lox arranged on paper plates on the empty end of the worktable, and it was too much.

The newsstand was still doing business, the deli, the bagel noshery, the pizza-souvlaki joint, the bars, the ice cream store, the hamburger place.

When I got to class the orange juice and bagel would disappear, and then, without pause, I would start in on the Smarties, stacking the empties on the edge of the desk.

Dr, Tommy Plummer go on about it over Sunrise Sandwiches and chocolate-smeared bagels at the Carver cantina.

The samovar was always boiling in the office, and customers were treated to tea and bagels.

I said, nodding toward a bald, overweight man in his mid-forties eating a bagel with scallion cream cheese.

Even Burton, alone at the head of the table, just munched on a bagel and stared at CNN, the muted screen aflicker with footage of zombies staggering along on their unfathomable errands.

Captain Hendricks picked that moment to enter flag plot with a coffeepot and a plate of bagels and pastries.

They promoted these products and became known as the home of the giant bagel and the no-hole bagel!

A former antique shop on Zwinger Street was now making a brave comeback as a restaurant, and the Petrified Bagel was furnished, appropriately, with junk.

I tried to pretend he was there on his own business, even tried to drum up anger or indifference, but neither came, and then he had warm bagels and veggie cheese and lox arranged on paper plates on the empty end of the worktable, and it was too much.

Usually the staff was able to provide at least outdated cold cereal and muffins or bagels and coffee for everyone who came, or coffee at the very least.