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Line breaks: bis|cuit
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪskɪt

Definition of biscuit in English:


1British A small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and sweet: a chocolate biscuit
More example sentences
  • The boiling and frying technique remained in use in the Middle Ages for making cracknels, which were small, crisp, sweet biscuits.
  • Instead of high-fat foods like chocolate, biscuits, cakes and crisps, try healthier alternatives such as fresh fruit, crusty bread or crackers.
  • The Salvation Army says it would welcome any food that would keep, such as chocolates, sweets, biscuits, mince pies and selection boxes.
1.1North American A small, soft round cake like a scone.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] Porcelain or other pottery which has been fired but not glazed: [as modifier]: biscuit ware
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  • 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.
3 [mass noun] A light brown colour.
Example sentences
  • 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.
4 Carpentry A small flat piece of wood used to join two larger pieces of wood together, fitting into slots in each.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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).


take the biscuit (or chiefly North American cake)

Be the most remarkable or foolish of its kind.
Example sentences
  • I know I've said we've had a whirlwind week before, but this one took the cake!
  • My friends Deidre and Matt, who have been traveling in India for the past three months, have been sending some enchanting emails describing their experiences, but the one I found in my inbox this morning takes the cake.
  • As a union representative who once handled grievance matters, I thought I had seen everything there was to see but the mistreatment accorded Johnson takes the cake.



Example sentences
  • There are about a dozen curries to have inside your roti: The potato-chickpea one is full of toasty cardamom seeds and has a biscuity, savory, warm, mustard-tinged loveliness to it.
  • Made by the traditional method, similar to the one used in Champagne, but any biscuity layers or dried-fruit complexity have been swamped by the black-grape flavours - in this case, of raspberry purée.
  • It was a sticky, toffee-like, delicious, crunchy, biscuity, sticky in your teeth kind of affair with the sesame flavouring it with desirable nuttiness.

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