Definition of biscuit in English:


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  • 1North American A small, typically round cake of bread leavened with baking powder, baking soda, or sometimes yeast.

    ‘Self-rising flour and cake and biscuit mixes have decreased the demand for baking soda as an important baking ingredient.’
    • ‘Still, a tradition is a tradition, so I'll be picking up a three-piece w / biscuit from the Turnpike rest stop Roy Rogers on my way home.’
    • ‘We all had eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuit, and coffee.’
    • ‘Spoon 1 teaspoon of jam over ham; cover with top of biscuit.’
    • ‘The more popular American version of the dumpling is a type of biscuit, which consists of heavy dough dropped into simmering savory stews and casseroles.’
    • ‘Jon sounded very business-like and Chantal watched him as he purchased some sort of steaming biscuit, refusing his offer to buy her one as well.’
    • ‘For herself there was one biscuit with a little jam.’
    • ‘Mounds of unfinished mashed potatoes smeared around one with gravy and butter, half eaten biscuit adrift in a sea of peach cobbler.’
    • ‘Pillsbury in turn, will offer 55 cents off two cans of Hormel Chili and 40 cents off four biscuit packs.’
    • ‘We had an idea for a sandwich called the Stack, a pepper-jack breakfast biscuit that was one of our favorite boardroom meals.’
    • ‘The plate never feels right to me without a broad, sturdy biscuit to smear with grape jelly, a secret vice of mine dating from childhood.’
    • ‘I reach across the table and fork off a chunk of gravy-smothered biscuit.’
    • ‘I inquired as I slathered cream onto my biscuit.’
    • ‘Arriving there, I did what I usually did on a normal day: got a quick biscuit for breakfast and headed to my first class, namely English.’
    • ‘I got sick after a biscuit, a strip of bacon, and an egg.’
    • ‘Carissa bit into another jam-smeared buttermilk biscuit.’
    • ‘For dessert I was immediately drawn to the nectarines, which were slow-roasted with vanilla, served with creme fraiche and a puff pastry biscuit.’
    • ‘The cheese may have migrated from the centre of Marie's biscuit, but Rampling is in full control of her faculties here.’
    cracker, wafer
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    1. 1.1British A cookie or cracker.
      ‘The crème caramel with passion fruit went down well, as did the rhubarb fool, served with a delicious chewy biscuit which made the perfect tool for scooping up the tasty dish.’
      • ‘And on and on the conversation went until my two-year-old decided to offer the nice man a bite of her soggy, half-eaten biscuit.’
      • ‘Each child will receive a present and there will be coffee or mulled wine and mince pies for the grown-ups; a drink and biscuit for children.’
      • ‘It came with a straw, swizzle stick and a tiny macaroon biscuit.’
      • ‘The soft sponge was layered with cream, laced with almond liqueur and had a small amaretto biscuit on top.’
      • ‘He became a leader in the baking industry, perfecting a biscuit that remained fresh for an extended period, an important consideration on long sea voyages.’
      • ‘The army biscuit, also known as an ANZAC Wafer or an ANZAC Tile, is essentially a hardtack biscuit, a long shelf-life biscuit substitute for bread.’
      • ‘It appeared to be some sort of teething biscuit.’
      • ‘The Sydney Morning Herald today carries this article about a 12 yo boy who has been suspended from school for threatening his teacher with a peanut butter biscuit.’
      • ‘This biscuit, fortified with iron, iodine and ß-carotene, was tested in the children of the local primary school over a period of one year 1.’
      • ‘There's a cup of tea, sandwiches and biscuit too.’
      • ‘He would walk down the hypermarket's biscuit aisle with his head held low, not venturing so much as a look at them.’
      • ‘I believe myself the poetry that I write is very calming and people can sit down to read it with a cup of tea and a biscuit by the fire especially of a winter's night.’
      • ‘Now can you at least try to keep all that biscuit crunching to a minimum please?’
      • ‘Today you find retailers using staplers on packets containing anything from ground spices, rusk, biscuit, rice, flour, lentils, to namkeen or savouries.’
      • ‘This biscuit contains no rationed ingredients and therefore is taxed as a necessary and not a luxury.’
      • ‘If you are using different flavours of chocolate, once melted, pour the chocolate onto a small plate and dip the surface of each biscuit before returning them to the rack.’
      • ‘I almost choked on my biscuit at her frankness when in reality I shouldn't have been too surprised knowing her blunt manner as I did.’
      • ‘Well I remember sitting on his aged knee to hear scary tales of how the British defenders ate rats, and hard dry biscuit in order to survive.’
      cracker, wafer
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  • 2

    another term for bisque

    as modifier ‘biscuit ware’
    • ‘She says that at present, students are able to learn, experiment and practice with the preparation of clay and hand-making techniques for biscuit and glaze firing.’
    • ‘At first his slip painting on biscuit porcelain simply peeled off.’
    • ‘This biscuit porcelain example, with its marbled black surround bearing its identifying label, came from the collection of a German princely family.’
    • ‘The Sevres biscuit figures in Plate VIII, which bear the incised mark of Bachelier, show how such studies were ultimately translated into objects.’
    • ‘But, being God, he used granite instead of biscuit.’
  • 3A light brown color.

    ‘Colourings such as taupe, pavlova, biscuit and caraway are offset by elegant shades of caffeine, pewter, ash and, of course, coffee, charcoals and black.’
    • ‘Moss, chocolate, mink, charcoal, biscuit and olive dominated the white expanse of winter for Grachvogel, as jazz drifted from a grand piano on the catwalk.’
    • ‘Available in sizes S - 4X in black, midnight navy, smoke and biscuit.’
    • ‘Her racks hang with pretty jewelled objects in smoky lilac, pink topaz and biscuit, contrasted with intense hues of sunshine, azure, coral and violet.’
    • ‘If you don't want to go beyond white, update your color with tone-on-tone neutrals like ecru, oyster, almond or biscuit.’
    • ‘Made from vitreous china in biscuit, white, and black, the rectangular sink measures 21 by 13 inches.’
    hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut brown
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  • 4A small flat piece of wood used to join two mortised planks together.

    ‘Many carpenters have started using biscuits in the miter joints between trim pieces to lock the joint together and prevent future separation.’
    • ‘The table, made of maple and walnut, features curved legs, intricate dovetailed joints made by hand and dowels and biscuits to connect the various pieces.’
    • ‘Using thin wood wafers called biscuits can strengthen wood joints by providing more glue bonding area.’
    • ‘The biscuits were the proper size and fit the slots snug, but still, the joints would vary, apparently at random.’
    • ‘Biscuits turn what would ordinarily be a weak butt joint into a very strong connection.’



/ˈbiskit/ /ˈbɪskɪt/


Middle English from Old French bescuit, based on Latin bis ‘twice’ + coctus, past participle of coquere ‘to cook’ (so named because originally biscuits were cooked in a twofold process: first baked and then dried out in a slow oven so that they would keep).