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  1. a small block of compressed coal dust or charcoal used for fuel, especially in barbecuing.
  2. a molded block of any material.
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verb (used with object), bri·quett·ed, bri·quett·ing.
  1. to mold into briquettes.
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Origin of briquette

From French, dating back to 1880–85; see origin at brick, -ette
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Historical Examples

  • Briquette, bri-ket′, n. a brick-shaped block of coal formed from coal-dust.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for briquette



  1. a small brick made of compressed coal dust, sawdust, charcoal, etc, used for fuel
  2. a small brick of any substancean ice-cream briquette
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  1. (tr) to make into the form of a brick or bricksto briquette clay
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Word Origin

C19: from French: a little brick, from brique brick
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Word Origin and History for briquette


1884, originally blocks of compressed coal dust held together by pitch, from French briquette (18c.), diminutive of brique (see brick (n.)).

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