noun (1)
\ ˈbisk How to pronounce bisque (audio) \

Definition of bisque

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a thick cream soup made with shellfish or game
b : a cream soup of pureed vegetables
2 : ice cream containing powdered nuts or macaroons


noun (2)

Definition of bisque (Entry 2 of 3)

: odds allowed an inferior player: such as
a : a point taken when desired in a set of tennis
b : an extra turn in croquet
c : one or more strokes off a golf score


noun (3)

Definition of bisque (Entry 3 of 3)

: biscuit sense 2 especially : unglazed china that is not to be glazed but is hard-fired and vitreous

First Known Use of bisque

Noun (1)

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bisque

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Noun (2)


Noun (3)

by shortening & alteration

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