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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.
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(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]
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a square doughnut or fritter dusted with powdered sugar.
[1830–35, Amer.; < Louisiana French; Middle French bignet filled pastry]
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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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Jacques, a Hokkaido scallop cooked in ginger oil and singkamas remoulade; beignet, a crunchy pumpkin flower with dalandan jam and Parmigiano-Reggiano aged for 24 months; and pissaradiere, a sourdough pizza crust topped with Mornay sauce, summer truffle and homemade Iberico pancetta.
TODAY'S SELECTIONS BATH: 2.00 Beignet, 2.30 Requiems Dream, 3.00 MISTER CHIANG (NAP), 3.30 Powerful Dream, 4.00 Glory Fighter, 4.30 Heritage, 5.00 Johni Boxit.
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All your favorites in one platter: SisigChili Poppers, Adobo Liver Rumaki and Shrimp Beignet for only P388 net that matches perfectly with our 2+1 beer plunge or with the drink of the month, Nilasing na Mangga.
If I'm not at the Sheraton in the sessions or at networking events, you will likely find me somewhere from "Bourbon Street to Esplanade..." (cue the music) looking for cafe au lait and a beignet!
And the junior contestants need a good slap for saying things like "beignet" instead of doughnut.
Cue breathy voiceover lady: "Billy has combined two family favourites: fillet steak with an oyster beignet, beer braised beef cheeks, oyster emulsion samphire, pickled shallots and dauphinoise potatoes." Er, exactly which two "family favourites" are they?
"We wanted to create a place where the community can come together--enjoy some coffee or a beignet, watch some news or sports, talk," said Chris Hinton.
That day we picked her up and gave her a tour of the French Quarter, rode through Bourbon Street, and grabbed a beignet at Cafe Du Monde.
The Medjoul returned soon in the form of a beignet (a pastry synonymous with fritters) made of marzipan.
Beignet souffles with hazelnut chocolate sauce (Serves 4) For the beignets: 75g unsalted butter 95g plain flour 3 large eggs, beaten Sunflower oil, for deep-frying 50g caster sugar 1tsp ground cinnamon Water For the chocolate sauce: 200ml double cream 90g plain chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) 25g hazelnuts, toasted and blitzed to a powder in a spice mill For the beignets, warm the butter with 225ml water in a saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted.