short·​bread ˈshȯrt-ˌbred How to pronounce shortbread (audio)
: a thick cookie made of flour, sugar, and a large amount of shortening

Examples of shortbread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marbled Tahini Shortbread Cookies Rich and almost silky, these shortbread cookies are an absolute treat. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 5 Sep. 2023 Any crisp cookie will do nicely here, including shortbread, lemon cookies, or vanilla wafers. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 16 July 2023 The fried cherry pastry has shortbread cookies and a butter-almond-shortbread crumble. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 9 Aug. 2023 Parchment paper is my first choice for lining the pan; aluminum foil can stick to the shortbread and tear. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2023 On top, a shortbread mixture of brown sugar, flour, and butter adds a bit of crumble to each slice. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 15 Aug. 2023 Starting early with dessert, Garten made the dough and cut-out the shapes for these shortbread cookies the night before. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2023 If passengers get hungry between snack and meal services, a range of on-demand snacks is available from McVities chocolate biscuits to Walkers shortbread and Pipers crisps. Olivia Morelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Aug. 2023 In a large bowl, make the shortbread dough by whisking together the flour, powdered sugar and salt. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shortbread was in 1801

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“Shortbread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


short·​bread ˈshȯrt-ˌbred How to pronounce shortbread (audio)
: a cookie made of flour, sugar, and lots of shortening
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