from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Southern Louisiana 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).
- n. Southern Louisiana A fritter.
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- n. fritter (with a fruit or vegetable filling)
- n. A Louisiana style fried donut or fritter covered in powdered sugar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fritter composed of various ingredients.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deep-fried, yeast-raised doughnut dusted with confectioners' sugar
French, fritter, of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Louisiana French beignet, from Middle French bignet, from Old French bignet ("fried dough enveloping a food substance"), a diminutive of Old French bigne, bugne, buyne ("lump, swelling"), from Old Frankish *bungjo (“lump, bump, swelling”), from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô (“lump, heap, crowd”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ- (“thick, dense, fat”). Cognate with Old High German bungo ("swelling, tuber"; > German Bunge), Dutch bonk ("lump, clump"), Gothic (buggja, "tuber, swelling"). Related to bun, bunk, bunch, bunion. Also connected to Gaulish *bunia and Gaelic bonnach "cake, biscuit." (Wiktionary)