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n. A boiled, baked ring-shaped bread product.
"They served lox and bagels for breakfast after davening."
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בײגל beygl, related to Yiddish root בײג beyg 'bend, curve'
Plural "bagels," although the original Yiddish plural is beygl (same as singular).
The Yiddish word beygl probably comes from Early New High German beugel, meaning pretzel.
South African alternative definition: A materialistic, selfish young Jewish man, like American English JAP (source).
See also bageling (bagel v.).
Originally bagels were harder and denser and had a much larger hole. They changed in New York in the 1920s and came to be served with cream cheese and lox as a sign of upward mobility. See more at:
Marx, Jeffrey A. 2017. “Eating Up: The Origins of Bagels and Lox.” In Tastes of Faith: Jewish Eating in the United States, edited by Steven J. Ross, Leah Hochman, and Lisa Ansell. Purdue University Press. 77–114.
Gastropod. 2019. “The Bagelization of America.” Podcast.
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