- a small block of compressed coal dust or charcoal used for fuel, especially in barbecuing.
- a molded block of any material.
- to mold into briquettes.
Origin of briquette
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Briquette, bri-ket′, n. a brick-shaped block of coal formed from coal-dust.
- a small brick made of compressed coal dust, sawdust, charcoal, etc, used for fuel
- a small brick of any substancean ice-cream briquette
- (tr) to make into the form of a brick or bricksto briquette clay
Word Origin for briquette
C19: from French: a little brick, from brique brick
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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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