Main definitions of bisque in English

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noun

  • [mass noun] A rich shellfish soup, typically made from lobster.

    • ‘My companion Michael's grilled langoustine tails with fresh linguine, wilted rocket and shellfish bisque were a case in point.’
    • ‘I ordered the lobster bisque and a hamachi sashimi dish.’
    • ‘Lobster bisque spiked with a shot of Armagnac, adminstered at the table, would work better if the salt content were tamed.’
    • ‘To serve, spoon some bisque into a soup bowl and place two brioche tuiles and some crab salad in the center.’
    • ‘Spoon some lobster bisque onto a plate, set a mound of tomato jam on top, and stand a potato ring in the center, anchoring with the rouget on the base.’
    • ‘If you're having lobster bisque as a starter on Christmas Day, you'll be heartened to know it was probably harvested off the coast of Scotland.’
    • ‘I actually thought the lobster bisque was wonderful.’
    • ‘The lobster bisque was dark and rich, while the cognac gave it an added edge, and it set the palate tingling.’
    • ‘With eyes bigger than our bellies we move on to lobster and prawn bisque, rich with cream and brandy, mopped up with home-made bread and washed down with a crisp, white Sauvignon.’
    • ‘Scallops come with a rich, foaming lobster bisque.’
    • ‘To treat the palate to an unforgettable experience, serve the caviar-topped tartlets with a swirl of reduced lobster bisque.’
    • ‘Allow the food to dispel your chills - the thick, soothing lobster bisque, the aromatic fennel soup, or a terrine of foie gras that glides down your throat like velvet across a smooth back.’
    • ‘The beauty of cooking and picking your own crab is that now you have the basis of one of my favourite soups: crab bisque.’
    • ‘Now stir the rice into the buttery juices, then pour in the lobster bisque and the sherry and season.’
    • ‘There was lobster bisque, then blanc de loup, then pastry with fresh herbs and goat's cheese and a dessert of strawberries and raspberries in a mousse.’
    • ‘A special of sherried lobster bisque demands to be ordered; its rich brick color and oceanic, lobster-shell tang give it a gutsy character.’
    • ‘We had an amuse-bouche of lobster bisque with skate, a good strong flavour to get the juices flowing.’
    • ‘The soup course comprised a rich, dark bisque, which was lightened considerably by the topping of gruyère cheese and whipped cream.’
    • ‘Following these there are soups with the Lobster bisque with brandy sounding very promising.’
    • ‘I'm thinking lobster, I'm thinking champagne, probably beautiful seafood bisque in the soup bowls, and a wonderful green salad.’

Origin

French, crayfish soup.

Pronunciation:

bisque

/biːsk/

Main definitions of bisque in English

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bisque2

noun

  • An extra turn or stroke allowed to a weaker player in croquet.

    • ‘To take a bisque judiciously requires a cool head and great familiarity with tennis.’
    • ‘To our mind, there is a far better handicap than any of these, viz., the bisque.’
    • ‘We need to get near one ball, take the first bisque to hit it and croquet it to a useful position whilst getting within hitting distance of another.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (originally a term in real tennis): from French, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation:

bisque

/bɪsk/

Main definitions of bisque in English

: bisque1bisque2bisque3

bisque3

noun

Pronunciation:

bisque

/bɪsk/