Definitions for beignetbɛnˈyeɪ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a square doughnut or fritter dusted with powdered sugar.
Origin of beignet:
1830–35, Amer.; < LaF; MF bignet filled pastry
fritter (with a fruit or vegetable filling)
A Louisiana style fried donut or fritter covered in powdered sugar.
We sat in a New Orleans cafe eating beignets and sipping cappuccino.
Origin: From Louisiana beignet, from bignet, from bignet, a diminutive of bigne, bugne, buyne, from Old , from bungô, from bʰenǵʰ-. Cognate with bungo , bonk, . Related to bun, bunk, bunch, bunion.