A stack of shortbread biscuits.
- An example of a biscuit is a buttermilk biscuit served with gravy.
- An example of a biscuit in the UK is a sweet cracker served at tea time.
The definition of a biscuit is a baked good made using flour, shortening, baking powder or soda and other ingredients.
nounpl. -·cuits or -·cuit
- Chiefly Brit. a crisp, unleavened wafer; cracker or cookie
- a quick bread, made light by baking powder, soda, or yeast, and baked in small pieces
- any of these pieces
- light brown; tan
- pottery or porcelain after the first firing and before glazing
Origin of biscuitMiddle English bisquit, besquit from Old French bescuit (altered, under influenced, influence of OIt biscotto) from Medieval Latin biscoctum from (panis) bis coctus, (bread) twice baked from Classical Latin bis, twice (see binary) + coctus, past participle of coquere, cook
- A small cake of shortened bread leavened with baking powder or soda.
- Chiefly British a. A thin, crisp cracker.b. A cookie.
- A hard, dry cracker given to dogs as a treat or dietary supplement.
- A thin, often oblong, waferlike piece of wood, glued into slots to connect larger pieces of wood in a joint.
- A pale brown.
- pl. biscuit Clay that has been fired once but not glazed. Also called bisque 2.
Origin of biscuitMiddle English bisquit from Old French biscuit from Medieval Latin bis coctus Latin bis twice ; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.Latin coctus past participle of coquere to cook ; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.
- A cookie.
- (UK) A cracker.
- cheese and biscuits
- (chiefly North America) A small bread usually made with baking soda, similar in texture to a scone, but usually not sweet.
- A form of unglazed earthenware.
- (nautical) The "bread" formerly supplied to naval ships; made with very little water, kneaded into flat cakes and slowly baked; often infested with weevils.
- A light brown colour.
- (woodworking) A thin oval wafer of wood or other material inserted into mating slots on pieces of material to be joined to provide gluing surface and strength in shear.
- In British usage, a biscuit is distinct from a cake; the former is generally hard but becomes soft when stale, whereas the latter is generally soft but becomes hard when stale.
From bisket, from Old French bescuit (French: biscuit).