bis·​cot·​to bi-ˈskät-ō How to pronounce biscotto (audio)
plural biscotti bi-ˈskät-ē How to pronounce biscotto (audio)
: a crisp cookie or biscuit of Italian origin that is flavored usually with anise and filberts or almonds
usually used in plural

Examples of biscotto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nearby lunch tables were filled with gallerists and businessmen, but Diamanda Galás put down her biscotto, opened her mouth slightly and proceeded to hold a single note — a low, plaintive note — for what felt like an eternity. Charles Curkin, New York Times, 6 May 2016

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Word History


Italian, biscuit, cookie, from (pane) biscotto, literally, bread baked twice

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biscotto was in 1920

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“Biscotto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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