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[noo-guh t, noo-gah] /ˈnu gət, ˈnu gɑ/
a chewy or brittle candy containing almonds or other nuts and sometimes fruit.
Origin of nougat
1820-30; < French < ProvençalVulgar Latin *nucātum, noun use of neuter of *nucātus, equivalent to Latin nuc- (stem of nux) nut + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nougat
Historical Examples
  • He bit too hastily at the nougat, and it stuck to his plate.

  • There will be nougat and sweet cakes, and a chocolate cream.

  • I should think it would be worse than eating a pound of nougat every day.

    A Dixie School Girl Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • She called for a quantity of meringues and nougat, and finished by a glass of wine.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • Then he purchased two sticks of nougat and with it drank two bottles of ginger-beer.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • Individual creams are also served in baskets of nougat or of pulled candy.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Do this while the nougat is only just cool enough to handle, so it will be pliable.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The work has to be done quickly, as the nougat hardens in a few minutes.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • This nougat has only enough sugar to bind the nuts together.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • After this, and a block of nougat, Eunice discovered herself to be sleepy.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for nougat


/ˈnuːɡɑː; ˈnʌɡət/
a hard chewy pink or white sweet containing chopped nuts, cherries, etc
Word Origin
C19: via French from Provençal nogat, from noga nut, from Latin nux nut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nougat

"sweetmeat of almonds and other nuts," 1827, from French nougat (18c.), from Provençal nougat "cake made with almonds," from Old Provençal nogat "nutcake," from noga, nuga "nut," from Vulgar Latin *nucatum (nominative *nuca), from Latin nux (genitive nucis) "nut," from PIE *kneu- "nut" (see nucleus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nougat



A stupid or crazy person; boob, nut, sap: I told her not to be a nougat

[because nuts are the principal ingredient of nougat, the candy]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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