Definition of biscuit in US English:



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

    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Mounds of unfinished mashed potatoes smeared around one with gravy and butter, half eaten biscuit adrift in a sea of peach cobbler.’
    • ‘Carissa bit into another jam-smeared buttermilk biscuit.’
    • ‘We all had eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuit, and coffee.’
    • ‘For herself there was one biscuit with a little jam.’
    • ‘I reach across the table and fork off a chunk of gravy-smothered biscuit.’
    • ‘Self-rising flour and cake and biscuit mixes have decreased the demand for baking soda as an important baking ingredient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pillsbury in turn, will offer 55 cents off two cans of Hormel Chili and 40 cents off four biscuit packs.’
    • ‘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 inquired as I slathered cream onto my biscuit.’
    • ‘I got sick after a biscuit, a strip of bacon, and an egg.’
    • ‘For dessert I was immediately drawn to the nectarines, which were slow-roasted with vanilla, served with creme fraiche and a puff pastry biscuit.’
    cracker, wafer
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    1. 1.1British A cookie or cracker.
      • ‘It appeared to be some sort of teething biscuit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The soft sponge was layered with cream, laced with almond liqueur and had a small amaretto biscuit on top.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It came with a straw, swizzle stick and a tiny macaroon biscuit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's a cup of tea, sandwiches and biscuit too.’
      • ‘Now can you at least try to keep all that biscuit crunching to a minimum please?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He would walk down the hypermarket's biscuit aisle with his head held low, not venturing so much as a look at them.’
      cracker, wafer
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  • 2

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you don't want to go beyond white, update your color with tone-on-tone neutrals like ecru, oyster, almond or biscuit.’
    • ‘Colourings such as taupe, pavlova, biscuit and caraway are offset by elegant shades of caffeine, pewter, ash and, of course, coffee, charcoals and black.’
    • ‘Her racks hang with pretty jewelled objects in smoky lilac, pink topaz and biscuit, contrasted with intense hues of sunshine, azure, coral and violet.’
    • ‘Made from vitreous china in biscuit, white, and black, the rectangular sink measures 21 by 13 inches.’
    • ‘Available in sizes S - 4X in black, midnight navy, smoke and biscuit.’
    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.’
    • ‘Biscuits turn what would ordinarily be a weak butt joint into a very strong connection.’
    • ‘Using thin wood wafers called biscuits can strengthen wood joints by providing more glue bonding area.’
    • ‘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.’


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).