Definition of bagel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbeɪɡl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪɡl//
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a hard bread roll shaped like a ring See related entries: Carbohydrates Word Originearly 20th cent. (as beigel): from Yiddish beygel. Culture Bagels are cooked first in water and then baked. Bagels first became popular in New York City as a type of Jewish bread. They are often eaten there with cream cheese (= soft white cheese containing a lot of cream) and smoked salmon (= fish with pink flesh). see also lox
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