from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A glazed, ring-shaped roll with a tough, chewy texture, made from plain yeast dough that is dropped briefly into nearly boiling water and then baked.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A toroidal bread roll that is boiled before it is baked.
- n. A score of 6-0 in a set (after the shape of a bagel, which looks like a zero).
- n. An overly materialistic and excessively groomed young man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a glazed leavened doughnut-shaped roll with a hard crust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Yiddish) glazed yeast-raised doughnut-shaped roll with hard crust
Yiddish beygl, from Middle High German *böugel, diminutive of bouc, ring, from Old High German boug.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish בייגל (beygl), ultimately from Old High German bouc, boug- ("ring, bracelet"), from Old High German boug ("ring"), from Proto-Germanic *baug- (“ring”) plus Proto-Germanic *-il (“noun suffix”); cf. obsolete English bee ("metal ring, bracelet"), Middle English bege, beh, Old English bēag, bēah, Old Frisian bāg, Old Saxon bōg, Middle Low German bōg, Old Norse baugr, all from Proto-Germanic *baugaz (“ring”); also compare dialectal Austrian German Beugel, Beigel. (Wiktionary)