biscuit

noun
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
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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Other Words from biscuit

biscuity \ ˈbi-​skə-​tē How to pronounce biscuity (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.

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Participating Sodexo locations will be able to start ordering from the new eight-product line, which includes a creole burger, sausage breakfast sandwich and sausage gravy and biscuits, on August 19th. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Impossible Burgers are coming to 1,500 cafeterias this fall," 8 Aug. 2019 Bake the biscuits for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden and firm to the touch. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Fill these golden cheese biscuits with turkey, mustard-mayo, chutney, and arugula," 5 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately the biscuits at the actual restaurant—which are complimentary with every meal—are still a no-go for those who can’t eat gluten. Shay Spence, PEOPLE.com, "Red Lobster Is Now Selling Gluten-Free Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix," 31 July 2019 The Macaron Tea Room will also be there selling goodies - tea, coffee, scones, biscuits, and their famous macarons, to name a few. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Take an art class and end the summer with a creative memory: Talk of the Towns," 26 July 2019 Biscuit baked in car in Nebraska The National Weather Service in Omaha, Nebraska, baked biscuits in a parked car using only the heat of the sun. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Massive heat wave blamed for at least 6 deaths," 21 July 2019 The family includes muffins, biscuits, scones, tea cakes and many other siblings. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "How to use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory," 16 July 2019 The chain recently introduced its Southern Fried Chicken Picnic Box, which is designed to serve a family of four and includes 12 pieces of the Southern Fried Chicken, a choice of two country sides and buttermilk biscuits for $33.99. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "July deals: How and where to get free food – from chicken to ice cream – plus discounts," 1 July 2019 The Poster House show collects Mucha’s images of Bernhardt, along with display posters for biscuits, magazines, and bicycles. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019

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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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biscuit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of biscuit

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

biscuit

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

Kids Definition of biscuit

: a small light bread

biscuit

noun
bis·​cuit | \ ˈbis-kət How to pronounce biscuit (audio) \

Medical Definition of biscuit

: porcelain after the first firing and before glazing

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