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  1. a thick cream soup, especially of puréed shellfish or vegetables.
  2. ice cream made with powdered macaroons or nuts.

Origin of bisque1

From French, dating back to 1640–50, of uncertain origin


noun Sports.
  1. a point, extra turn, or the like, as in court tennis or croquet.

Origin of bisque2

1605–15; < French, earlier biscaye, of uncertain origin


  1. biscuit1(def 4).
  2. Also called biscuit ware. vitreous china that is left unglazed.
  3. a pinkish-tan color.
  1. having the color bisque.

Origin of bisque3

First recorded in 1655–65; short for biscuit
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Examples from the Web for bisque

Historical Examples

  • In the distance a curtain of porphyry and bisque drew its shadow across the moon.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • As it was I won in an uneventful six, and took with a bisque the short hole which followed.

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • The potter will glaze your work for you if you wish, or leave it in the bisque.

  • A bisque is one stroke which may be claimed at any time during a set.

  • I tell you: how would it be if we began with a bisque of crab?

    The Imitator

    Percival Pollard

British Dictionary definitions for bisque


  1. a thick rich soup made from shellfish

Word Origin

C17: from French


    1. a pink to yellowish tan colour
    2. (as modifier)a bisque tablecloth
  1. ceramics another name for biscuit (def. 4)

Word Origin

C20: shortened from biscuit


  1. tennis golf croquet an extra point, stroke, or turn allowed to an inferior player, usually taken when desired

Word Origin

C17: from French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bisque


soup, 1640s, bisk, from French bisque "crayfish soup" (17c.), said to be an altered form of Biscaye "Biscay." Gamillscheg says: "Volkstümliche Entlehnung aus norm. bisque 'schlechtes Getränk.'" Modern form in English from 1731.


"unglazed porcelain," 1660s, alteration of biscuit.

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