biscuit

noun bis·cuit \ ˈbis-kət \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of biscuit

plural biscuits also biscuit
1 a : any of various hard or crisp dry baked products: such as
(1) British : cracker 4
(2) British : cookie
b : a small quick bread made from dough that has been rolled out and cut or dropped from a spoon
2 : earthenware or porcelain after the first firing and before glazing
3 a : a light grayish-yellowish brown
b : a grayish yellow

biscuity

play \ˈbis-kə-tē\ adjective

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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

biscuit

noun

Definition of biscuit for English Language Learners

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


BISCUIT Defined for Kids

biscuit

noun bis·cuit \ ˈbi-skət \

Definition of biscuit for Students

: a small light bread

Medical Dictionary

biscuit

noun bis·cuit \ ˈbis-kət \

medical Definition of biscuit

: porcelain after the first firing and before glazing


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