- a flavor produced in puddings, frostings, ice cream, etc., by combining brown sugar, vanilla extract, and butter with other ingredients.
- a hard, brittle taffy made with butter, brown sugar, etc.
- a golden brown color.
- having the flavor of butterscotch.
Origin of butterscotch
First recorded in 1850–55; earlier also butterscot; the 2nd element of the compound is unexplained
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- a kind of hard brittle toffee made with butter, brown sugar, etc
- a flavouring made from these ingredients
- (as modifier)butterscotch icing
C19: perhaps first made in Scotland, or perhaps from scotch 1 (sense 3), 'to cut or score', because it was originally cut with a knife into small pieces
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