bis·​cuit | \ ˈbi-skət How to pronounce biscuit (audio) \
plural biscuits also biscuit

Definition of biscuit

1a 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

3a : 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 entry 1
5 slang : a hockey puck To control the biscuit, you've got to win faceoffs.— Lindsay Berra

— see also take the biscuit

Other Words from biscuit

biscuity \ ˈbi-​skə-​tē How to pronounce biscuit (audio) \ adjective

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.

Examples of biscuit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neither is the idea of stuffing something delicious into a golden brown, buttery biscuit. Bon Appétit, 17 May 2022 Dinners include cheddar biscuit, choice of potato or mac and cheese. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 Lazy Dog will be serving Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 and 8, with dishes such as cheesy eggs and avocado toast, and country chicken and biscuit and mimosa flights. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Still, with more buttery biscuit and cream soda notes. Gina Pace, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 To the delight of spicy lovers everywhere, Chick-fil-A has brought back their fan favorite spicy chicken biscuit to select locations nationwide. Tandra Smith |, al, 25 Apr. 2022 The Berkeley’s Pret-a-Portea pays culinary homage to the Queen’s hats and Launer handbags plus the crown, created in vanilla biscuit with royal icing. Sarah Turner, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Combining the two leavening agents produces a biscuit that is both light and tangy. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appétit, 18 Feb. 2022 The aging process of yeast particles (called lees) often gives Champagne aromas like toast, brioche or biscuit. Fabien Jacob, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of biscuit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for biscuit

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

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bis·​cuit | \ ˈbi-skət How to pronounce biscuit (audio) \

Kids Definition of biscuit

: a small light bread


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