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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

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


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noun (3)

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

Examples of bisque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
While bisques are smooth and silky, crab chowder tends to have chunks of ingredients throughout, including crabmeat and potatoes, if using. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Dec. 2023 Try this pumpkin butternut squash bisque, which offers a rich yet delicate puree flavored with brown butter and sage. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 This bisque is creamy, savory, and yes, has bits of lobster in it. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Apparently, eating its oyster bisque will reveal one’s true love. Marta Balaga, Variety, 17 July 2023 Editor’s pick: For a living room glow-up, this mohair Saturday Sofa in bisque from by Rafael de Cardenas is the first item on our wish list. Raya Rockwood, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2023 Noah Wagner Genre: Magical Realism Romance Now in advanced development, and inspired by Noah Wagner’s personal experiences, the film centers on a journalist who ends up in a mysterious restaurant that guarantees that eating its oyster bisque will reveal your true love. Marta Balaga, Variety, 17 July 2023 Choose between lobster Wellington with lobster bisque or beef Wellington with thyme jus for the main course. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2021 Soups are lobster bisque for $7, asparagus or potato leek, both for $6. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 17 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)


Noun (2)


Noun (3)

by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bisque was in 1647

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Cite this Entry

“Bisque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a thick cream soup made with shellfish, meat, or vegetables

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