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a leavened, doughnut-shaped, firm-textured roll, with a brownish glazed surface, made of dough first poached and then baked.
Contemporary Examples

Teachout took a question on redistricting and another on her favorite kind of bagel.
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I love to break the fast with herring and with the very American bagel, lox, and cream cheese.
Secrets of the Ultimate Jewish Mother Sarah Whitman-Salkin September 14, 2009

She’s sitting quietly, Q-Tip hair and all, having a bagel with cream cheese and Earl Grey tea.
Backstage at Vera Wang Isabel Wilkinson September 13, 2010

He puts a bagel in the conveyer toaster, but it never comes out the other end.
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Is that mass of cream cheese you put on a bagel a schemer or a shmeer?
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Because it was midday, I had gotten a bagel with cream cheese that I planned to eat after.
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As the seatbelt clicked, Mr. Klein said, “I wish I were where that bagel is.”
My Own Horace Mann Story and The New York Times Abuse Report Kate Aurthur June 6, 2012

There was one bagel, which a woman snapped up for her 10-year-old son.
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For better or worse, jazz is turning into the music you hear when you drink coffee and munch on a donut or bagel.
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Historical Examples

But donner and bagel, what need you be so curious about the life of this boy, who is neither your bloot nor kin?
Quentin Durward Sir Walter Scott

a hard ring-shaped bread roll, characteristic of Jewish baking

1919, from Yiddish beygl, from Middle High German boug- “ring, bracelet,” from Old High German boug “a ring,” related to Old English beag “ring” (in poetry, an Anglo-Saxon lord was beaggifa “ring-giver”), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz-, from PIE root *bheug- (3) “to bend,” with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (cf. Old High German biogan “to bend;” see bow (v.)).


A tennis set won 6–0 •The term, said to have been coined by Eddie Gibbs, has spread to other sports, where it often means ”zero, zip”

[1980s+; fr the shape of a bagel, fr Yiddish beygl, of uncertain origin but attested fr the early 1600s]


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