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  1. a kind of bread in small, soft cakes, raised with baking powder or soda, or sometimes with yeast; scone.
  2. Chiefly British.
    1. a dry and crisp or hard bread in thin, flat cakes, made without yeast or other raising agent; a cracker.
    2. a cookie.
  3. a pale-brown color.
  4. Also called bisque. Ceramics. unglazed earthenware or porcelain after firing.
  5. Also called preform. a piece of plastic or the like, prepared for pressing into a phonograph record.
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  1. having the color biscuit.
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Origin of biscuit1

1300–50; Middle English bysquyte < Middle French biscuit (Medieval Latin biscoctus), variant of bescuit seamen's bread, literally, twice cooked, equivalent to bes bis1 + cuit, past participle of cuire < Latin coquere to cook1
Related formsbis·cuit·like, adjective


noun French.
  1. a cookie or cracker.
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Historical Examples

  • Some was liquid and some gelatinous, and some firm like bread or biscuit.

  • To Massena he writes, “Let me know if your biscuit and bread arrangements are yet completed.”


    Samuel Smiles

  • But he took me to his own house for a glass of sherry and a biscuit, and there it wasn't so rotten.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • One glass of lemonade, one sandwich, one biscuit—Oh dear me!

    A Tangled Tale

    Lewis Carroll

  • There was not a crumb of biscuit, and only half a pound of coffee.

British Dictionary definitions for biscuit


  1. British a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a doughUS and Canadian word: cookie
  2. US and Canadian a kind of small roll similar to a muffin
    1. a pale brown or yellowish-grey colour
    2. (as adjective)biscuit gloves
  3. Also called: bisque earthenware or porcelain that has been fired but not glazed
  4. take the biscuit slang to be regarded (by the speaker) as the most surprising thing that could have occurred
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from (pain) bescuit twice-cooked (bread), from bes bis + cuire to cook, from Latin coquere
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Word Origin and History for biscuit


respelled early 19c. from bisket (16c.), ultimately (besquite, early 14c.) from Old French bescuit (12c.), literally "twice cooked;" altered under influence of cognate Old Italian biscotto, both from Medieval Latin biscoctum, from Latin (panis) bis coctus "(bread) twice-baked;" see bis- + cook (v.). U.S. sense of "soft bun" is recorded from 1818.

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