nou·​gat ˈnü-gət How to pronounce nougat (audio)
 especially British  -ˌgä
: a confection of nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For special occasions, like Christmas and New Year's, the chef prepares dishes including foie gras, turkey with stuffing, and iced nougat. Serena Coady, CNN, 6 Feb. 2023 Later spreading to Arabia and Andalusian Spain, nougat has been a favorite treat for Eid al-Fitr from at least the 10th century. Manal Aman, Woman's Day, 27 Feb. 2023 This gluten-free, no-bake dessert recalls the fluffiness of a soft French nougat and the rich milk chocolaty perfection of hot cocoa. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2023 The company’s gray salt caramels (dipped in dark chocolate) and smoked salt caramels (wrapped in milk chocolate) are like a better Milky Way, as one of my colleagues put it (without the nougat, though). Tori Latham, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2023 Its confiseries artfully sculpt spun sugar, lavish exacting attention on bonbons and extol the tradition of lavender-honey-pistachio nougat, particularly in Provence’s Montélimar. Laura Manske, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 Midnight Dream, French-cocoa nougat in dark chocolate. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 12 Dec. 2022 An excellent candy, particularly in the way the chewy nougat in the middle sticks to your teeth like epoxy, which is of course a compliment of the highest order (especially among dentists). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2022 Originally created in a Scottish chip shop -- supposedly as a dare -- a frozen Mars Bar (a chocolate, nougat and caramel candy bar) is dipped in thick batter and fried just until the chocolate is gooey and slightly melted. Casey Barber, CNN, 18 May 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from Occitan, from Old Occitan nogat, from noga nut, from Vulgar Latin *nuca, from Latin nuc-, nux — more at nut

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nougat was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Nougat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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nou·​gat ˈnü-gət How to pronounce nougat (audio)
: a candy of nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste

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