Definition of beignet in English:

beignet

noun

North American
  • 1A fritter:

    ‘a cheese beignet’
    • ‘Walked off the crawfish beignets and bread pudding while admiring the Greek Revival and Italian architecture on the Garden District Walking Tour.’
    • ‘It was getting on toward noon and the place was packed so I leaned against the wall near where the beignets are made watching the cook.’
    • ‘It's worth a trip to Hollywood just to eat it; or to sample the molten, skillfully fried finger-banana dessert fritters billed on the menu as ‘banana beignets.’’
    • ‘During our two night stay we savoured such delights as a salad of roast duck foie gras, steamed native sea bass with crushed Jersey Royals, and roast cannon of Galloway lamb with tomato couscous and haggis beignet.’
    • ‘Cut beignet into quarters and arrange on plates.’
    • ‘All our dishes were served with a side of white rice and a very tasty deep-fried cauliflower beignet.’
    • ‘Next to the mango skewers, arrange two beignets, cutting one in half.’
    • ‘And you can't fool me: Apple beignets are great doughnuts without the hole.’
    • ‘There are a variety of sorbets in flavours like litchi, mango, coconut and lemon, as well as an lineup of deep-fried pineapple, apple or banana beignets.’
    • ‘Of late, chef Jorgensen has been pairing ice-cold vodka Martinis with caviar, pickled quail eggs, goat cheese pizza, Gorgonzola cheese beignets and tartars.’
    • ‘Melissa, my dedicated Survivor contestant, made two separate batches: due to a successful whining campaign by yours truly, in addition to caramelized-apple beignets, she whipped up a batch of chocolate-filled beignets just for me!’
    • ‘There are crème brûlées and little apple beignets for dessert, but the most emblematic dish of all is the rice pudding.’
    • ‘As I read it, I can almost smell the beignets frying and feel the sun on my skin.’
    • ‘But where does this leave Louisiana's favorite French-fried fritter, the beignet?’
    • ‘As with the terrine, there was certainly a good-sized portion, but the beignets were a little short on garlic and a touch too dry for my taste.’
    • ‘Banana beignets are a neat surprise. The hot apple crisp and the cookies are satisfying.’
    • ‘A roasted pear stuffed with blue cheese and splashed with a port-wine-laced vinaigrette produces an enticingly light beignet.’
    • ‘For the ricotta beignets: Preheat the fryer to 375 degrees.’
    • ‘To start, I had cured Glenarm salmon with Avruga caviar, served with dill and chive cream and an oyster beignet.’
  • 2A square of fried dough eaten hot sprinkled with icing sugar.

    • ‘The cafe serves chicory-laced coffee and square beignets dusted with powdered sugar, all day.’
    • ‘When I saw the beignet chef toss that dough and make clouds of flour for that laughing little girl it surprised me how much it made me miss Ben.’
    • ‘I was only having split pea soup, thanks to complaints from my dance partner - too many beignets I guess.’
    • ‘Mix sugar and cinnamon together; gently roll beignets in mixture.’
    • ‘Grabbing a couple of beignets and a cup of coffee, he gestured towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘The café is considered to be the home of beignet and chicory coffee.’
    • ‘For dessert (and dessert's my favorite part of any meal) I had beignets with maple ice cream, caramel and citrus mango marmalade.’
    • ‘Fry the beignets gently until brown and crispy on one side, turn, and cook the other side.’
    • ‘I ended up with about a dozen and a half beignets, which I sprinkled with powdered sugar using my grandmother's spring-loaded flour sifter while singing Jingle Bells, and then fed them to my neighbors.’
    • ‘In New Orleans, beignets are the breakfast of champions.’
    • ‘Heat the oil to 360 degrees Fahrenheit, and fry the beignets 3 at a time until they are puffed and golden on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per batch.’
    • ‘A few people were still hanging out at Cafe du Monde, a favorite spot for French roast coffee and beignets, and a man playing a trombone outside had a box full of tips.’
    • ‘Before we get going the next morning, we stop for a breakfast of beignets and café au lait at a joint called Coffee Call, which seems to be popular with senior citizens in tour buses.’
    • ‘‘It was down to the fuel, especially the beignets,’ he tells me when we meet near his temporary workshop in Santa Cruz, California.’

Origin

French, from archaic buyne hump, bump.

Pronunciation:

beignet

/ˈbɛnjeɪ/