biscuit

1
[bis-kit]

noun

a kind of bread in small, soft cakes, raised with baking powder or soda, or sometimes with yeast; scone.
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.
a pale-brown color.
Also called bisque. Ceramics. unglazed earthenware or porcelain after firing.
Also called preform. a piece of plastic or the like, prepared for pressing into a phonograph record.

adjective

having the color biscuit.

Nearby words

  1. biscay green,
  2. biscay, bay of,
  3. biscayne bay,
  4. biscotti,
  5. biscotto,
  6. biscuit bread,
  7. biscuit tortoni,
  8. biscuit ware,
  9. biscuit-fired,
  10. bise

Origin of biscuit

1
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

biscuit

2
[bees-kwee]

noun French.

a cookie or cracker.
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British Dictionary definitions for biscuit

biscuit

noun

British a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a doughUS and Canadian word: cookie
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
Also called: bisque earthenware or porcelain that has been fired but not glazed
take the biscuit slang to be regarded (by the speaker) as the most surprising thing that could have occurred

Word Origin for biscuit

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

biscuit

n.

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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