noun bis·cuit \ ˈbis-kət \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

Definition of biscuit

plural biscuits also biscuit
1 a US : a small quick bread made from dough that has been rolled out and cut or dropped from a spoon
  • While both types of biscuit use the same handful of ingredients and are quick to prepare, drop biscuits don't rely on any of the finicky steps rolled biscuits require to get them just right.
  • —Sandra Wu
b British : cookie
  • The children were divided into groups of five seated round a table and each one was given a chocolate biscuit.
  • —H. Colin Davis
2 : earthenware or porcelain after the first firing and before glazing
  • biscuit china
called also bisque
3 a : a light grayish-yellowish brown
b : a grayish yellow
4 woodworking : a small, flat oval of compressed wood that is glued into slots cut into the sides of two boards which are to be joined in order to increase the strength of the resulting bond
  • Have several clamps at the ready; then add glue to the biscuits, push them into the maple slots, and clamp the maple in place. The dry, compressed biscuits swell once glue is applied, so you have to work quickly.
  • —Mike McClintock
— compare tenon
5 slang : a hockey puck
  • To control the biscuit, you've got to win faceoffs.
  • —Lindsay Berra


play \ˈbis-kə-tē\ adjective
take the biscuit
British, informal
: to win the prize : to rank first often used to describe something that is extremely surprising, annoying, etc.
  • When he was quite sure that the narrative had ended he laughed noiselessly for fully half a minute. Then he said: "Well! … That takes the biscuit!" [=(US) takes the cake]
  • —James Joyce

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Did You Know?

Long ago it was often a problem to keep food from spoiling, especially on long journeys. One way to preserve flat loaves of bread was to bake them a second time in order to dry them out. In early French, this bread was called pain bescuit or “bread twice-cooked.” Later the term was shortened to bescuit. The idea of being “twice–cooked” was lost as the term was used for any crisp flat bread or for bread made with baking soda or baking powder instead of yeast. The word was borrowed into Middle English as bisquite, but was later spelled biscuit on the model of the French spelling.

Origin and Etymology of biscuit

Middle English bisquite, from Anglo-French besquit, from (pain) besquit twice-cooked bread

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BISCUIT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of biscuit for English Language Learners

  • : a small, light roll that is eaten as part of a meal

BISCUIT Defined for Kids


noun bis·cuit \ ˈbi-skət \

Definition of biscuit for Students

: a small light bread

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noun bis·cuit \ ˈbis-kət \

medical Definition of biscuit

: porcelain after the first firing and before glazing

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