[noo-guh t, noo-gah]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nougat

Historical Examples of nougat

  • 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.


    Alphonse Daudet

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

    Just William

    Richmal Crompton

British Dictionary definitions for nougat



a hard chewy pink or white sweet containing chopped nuts, cherries, etc

Word Origin for nougat

C19: via French from Provençal nogat, from noga nut, from Latin nux nut
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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).

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