Definition of biscuit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiskit/


1North American A small, typically round cake of bread leavened with baking powder, baking soda, or sometimes yeast.
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.
1.1British A cookie or cracker.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 another term for bisque3. [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.
3A light brown color.
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.
4A small flat piece of wood used to join two mortised planks together.
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.


Light brown in color.
Example sentences
  • The yellow kitchen/breakfast room is quite spacious with fitted oak cupboards and biscuit coloured floor tiles.
  • The colour palette centres on white, beige and biscuit hues with flashes of mossy green, black, silver and grape.
  • The return sides of the radically sloping biscuit brick walls reconnect them to the scale of the five intervening terraces.



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.


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).

  • The basic meaning of biscuit is ‘twice cooked’, coming into English via French from Latin bis ‘twice’ and coctusi ‘cooked. The name comes from the original process of making biscuits—they were first baked and then dried out in a slow oven so that they would keep.

Words that rhyme with biscuit

brisket, frisket

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Syllabification: bis·cuit

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