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[bis-kit] /ˈbɪs kɪt/
a kind of bread in small, soft cakes, raised with baking powder or soda, or sometimes with yeast.
Chiefly British.
  1. a dry and crisp or hard bread in thin, flat cakes, made without yeast or other raising agent; a cracker.
  2. a cookie.
a pale-brown color.
Also called bisque. Ceramics. unglazed earthenware or porcelain after firing.
Also called preform. a piece of plastic or the like, prepared for pressing into a phonograph record.
having the color biscuit.
1300-50; Middle English bysquyte < Middle French biscuit (Medieval Latin biscoctus), variant of bescuit seamen's bread, literally, twice cooked, equivalent to bes bis1 + cuit, past participle of cuire < Latin coquere to cook1
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biscuitlike, adjective


[bees-kwee] /bisˈkwi/
noun, French.
a cookie or cracker. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for biscuits
  • Ended up watching a bunch of videos while consuming soy chocolate and vegan coconut biscuits.
  • There's less controversy over whether the biscuits clog your arteries.
  • Nutritionists must alter diets whenever an otter isn't eating his biscuits or an armadillo has a peanut allergy.
  • Its light flesh cooks up in about five minutes and makes exquisite buttermilk biscuits.
  • biscuits arrive with a luxurious golden crust on the outside and a gooey, doughy center.
  • biscuits and pastries are made from scratch here and the menu is chock-full of locally sourced foods.
  • In my line, people shared juices and coffees and biscuits and croissants.
  • biscuits may be shaped in a great variety of ways, but they should always be small.
  • Only my money accompanied me in my belt, and about half a pound of ginger biscuits in my trousers pocket.
  • Whether doused in thick spoonfuls of honey or piled high with creamy sausage gravy, biscuits make a wonderful breakfast main.
British Dictionary definitions for biscuits


(Brit) a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a dough US and Canadian word cookie
(US & Canadian) a kind of small roll similar to a muffin
  1. a pale brown or yellowish-grey colour
  2. (as adjective): biscuit gloves
Also called bisque. earthenware or porcelain that has been fired but not glazed
(slang) take the biscuit, to be regarded (by the speaker) as the most surprising thing that could have occurred
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from (pain) bescuit twice-cooked (bread), from besbis + cuire to cook, from Latin coquere
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Word Origin and History for biscuits



respelled early 19c. from bisket (16c.), ultimately (besquite, early 14c.) from Old French bescuit (12c.), literally "twice cooked;" altered under influence of cognate Old Italian biscotto, both from Medieval Latin biscoctum, from Latin (panis) bis coctus "(bread) twice-baked;" see bis- + cook (v.). U.S. sense of "soft bun" is recorded from 1818.

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Slang definitions & phrases for biscuits

bigs, the

noun phrase

The major leagues in baseball or other areas; the BIG TIME: When Backman was in the bigs, he wasn't your regular Mr. Sunshine (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for biscuits


in the United States, a small quick bread usually made from flour, salt, butter or vegetable shortening, and with baking powder as a leavening agent. The dough is kneaded briefly and rolled out, and the biscuits are cut with a round cutter. The dough may also be dropped by spoonfuls for an irregular shape. Biscuits are usually eaten hot with butter and fruit preserves, sausage gravy, or ham. They are especially associated with the American South. The dough for beaten biscuits, also a Southern specialty, is literally beaten with a mallet or other utensil for about 30 minutes to produce a fine texture. A sweetened biscuit dough is used for strawberry shortcake, a dessert of biscuits split and covered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

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