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 (bĕn-yā′, bĕn′yā′)
n. Southern Louisiana
1. A square doughnut with no hole: "a New Orleans coffeehouse selling beignets, an insidious Louisianian cousin of the doughnut that exists to get powdered sugar on your face" (Los Angeles Times).
2. A fritter.

[French, fritter, from Old French, from diminutive of beigne, bump, lump, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh bôn, stump, base.]
Our Living Language New Orleans, Louisiana, has been a rich contributor of French loan words and local expressions to American English. Many New Orleans words, such as beignet, café au lait, faubourg, lagniappe, and krewe, reflect the New World French cuisine and culture characterizing this region. Other words reflect distinctive physical characteristics of the city: banquette, a raised sidewalk, and camelback and shotgun, distinctive architectural styles found among New Orleans houses.


(Cookery) chiefly US and Canadian a square deep-fried pastry served hot and sprinkled with icing sugar
[C19: French bignet filled pastry, from buyne, literally: bump or lump]



a square doughnut or fritter dusted with powdered sugar.
[1830–35, Amer.; < Louisiana French; Middle French bignet filled pastry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beignet - a deep-fried, yeast-raised doughnut dusted with confectioners' sugar
friedcake - small cake in the form of a ring or twist or ball or strip fried in deep fat
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Joining the cafe's extensive list of made-from-scratch items are a Brioche French Toast Bake (with pecan pralines and fruit compote) accompanied by Cajun fries and your choice of meat; a Short Rib Po' Boy (topped with home-made slaw and Tabasco onions); Fried Mac & Cheese Balls (with bacon); a Blackened Catfish Platter; Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo; Gumbo Fries; Beignets (all day long) and an abundant choice of fresh omelets.
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