Definition of biscuit in English:



  • 1British A small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and sweet.

    ‘a chocolate biscuit’
    • ‘My grandmother taught us to bake delicious cakes and biscuits.’
    • ‘It will ban sweets, chocolate, cakes and sweet biscuits from the diets of children under 4.’
    • ‘Following the event the school students retired to the community centre where they feasted on sweets, chocolates and biscuits.’
    • ‘Just over half of men and women eat chocolates, crisps or biscuits daily, though the figure is much higher for children.’
    • ‘Instead of high-fat foods like chocolate, biscuits, cakes and crisps, try healthier alternatives such as fresh fruit, crusty bread or crackers.’
    • ‘Tins of biscuits, Christmas cakes, and boxes of sweets are also requested.’
    • ‘The boiling and frying technique remained in use in the Middle Ages for making cracknels, which were small, crisp, sweet biscuits.’
    • ‘The Salvation Army says it would welcome any food that would keep, such as chocolates, sweets, biscuits, mince pies and selection boxes.’
    • ‘The packaging is a little odd, but once you get in there the biscuits are crisp and delicate and the chocolate is good.’
    • ‘Home-made jams, biscuits, cakes, sweets and marmalades are ideal presents for those with a sweet tooth.’
    • ‘Not only that, it's an opportunity to find decorations, tins of biscuits, liqueur chocolates etc, and all the other bits and pieces that you cannot find anywhere else.’
    cracker, wafer
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    1. 1.1North American A small, soft round cake like a scone.
      • ‘I reach across the table and fork off a chunk of gravy-smothered biscuit.’
      • ‘I got sick after a biscuit, a strip of bacon, and an egg.’
      • ‘Self-rising flour and cake and biscuit mixes have decreased the demand for baking soda as an important baking ingredient.’
      • ‘Mounds of unfinished mashed potatoes smeared around one with gravy and butter, half eaten biscuit adrift in a sea of peach cobbler.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I inquired as I slathered cream onto my biscuit.’
      • ‘For herself there was one biscuit with a little jam.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had an idea for a sandwich called the Stack, a pepper-jack breakfast biscuit that was one of our favorite boardroom meals.’
      • ‘Spoon 1 teaspoon of jam over ham; cover with top of 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 plate never feels right to me without a broad, sturdy biscuit to smear with grape jelly, a secret vice of mine dating from childhood.’
      • ‘Pillsbury in turn, will offer 55 cents off two cans of Hormel Chili and 40 cents off four biscuit packs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The cheese may have migrated from the centre of Marie's biscuit, but Rampling is in full control of her faculties here.’
      • ‘We all had eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuit, and coffee.’
      • ‘Carissa bit into another jam-smeared buttermilk biscuit.’
      cracker, wafer
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  • 2mass noun Porcelain or other pottery which has been fired but not glazed.

    as modifier ‘biscuit ware’
    • ‘The Sevres biscuit figures in Plate VIII, which bear the incised mark of Bachelier, show how such studies were ultimately translated into objects.’
    • ‘This biscuit porcelain example, with its marbled black surround bearing its identifying label, came from the collection of a German princely family.’
    • ‘But, being God, he used granite instead of biscuit.’
    • ‘At first his slip painting on biscuit porcelain simply peeled off.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3mass noun A light brown colour.

    • ‘Colourings such as taupe, pavlova, biscuit and caraway are offset by elegant shades of caffeine, pewter, ash and, of course, coffee, charcoals and black.’
    • ‘Available in sizes S - 4X in black, midnight navy, smoke and biscuit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Made from vitreous china in biscuit, white, and black, the rectangular sink measures 21 by 13 inches.’
    • ‘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.’
    hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brown
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  • 4A small flat piece of wood used to join two larger pieces of wood together, fitting into slots in each.

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


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).