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

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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 Richer layers of buttery biscuit give it some complexity, and a nice minerally backbone keeps it fresh and racy. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, "The Best Champagnes And Sparklings For Your Wedding Celebration," 5 May 2021 Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the inside is cooked through, with no doughy pockets (use a butter knife to check out the middle of one biscuit). Katie Workman, Washington Post, "Combine store-bought biscuit dough with pesto for this savory monkey bread," 29 Mar. 2021 The restaurant has lots of bright colors and is open and airy. with poached eggs over a homemade biscuit with sausage and bacon and a creole hollandaise sauce. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Dining out again!," 21 Mar. 2021 So First Cow is, in part, a slow-motion heist movie, with Cookie and King-Lu sneaking out just enough liquid gold from the sacred udder to maintain a booming biscuit business. Darren Franich,, "Nominated for Nothing: First Cow’s West was too wild for the Academy," 20 Apr. 2021 Perhaps a biscuit without butter or jam, or a cold leg of chicken with a few lifeless spears of asparagus. Audrey Clare Farley, Town & Country, "Inside the Shocking 1930s Trial of Socialite Ann Cooper Hewitt," 20 Apr. 2021 Commonly seen as the Korean answer to Pocky by Lotte Confectionery, Pepero is similarly a crunchy biscuit stick coated in chocolate or other sweet components. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "H Mart is a snack food paradise. Our critic lists what to buy at the S.F. opening this week," 19 Apr. 2021 Add them after the rhubarb is roasted and before nestling the biscuit dough on top. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Rhubarb Cobbler Where the Sweet-Tart Flavors Sing," 16 Apr. 2021 The way Jerrelle Guy applies a technique used for biscuit dough, ensuring fluffier pancakes. Genevieve Ko New York Times, Star Tribune, "Let sheet pans be your savior for quick, easy meals," 7 Apr. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Biscuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of biscuit

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


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

Kids Definition of biscuit

: a small light bread


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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