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[noo-guh t, noo-gah] /ˈnu gət, ˈnu gɑ/
a chewy or brittle candy containing almonds or other nuts and sometimes fruit.
1820-30; < French < ProvençalVulgar Latin *nucātum, noun use of neuter of *nucātus, equivalent to Latin nuc- (stem of nux) nut + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nougat
  • The nougat industry is a major consumer of almonds as well.
  • Put some of the nougat into the molds and with a small stick smooth it about the sides until it forms little cups.
British Dictionary definitions for nougat


/ˈnuːɡɑː; ˈnʌɡət/
a hard chewy pink or white sweet containing chopped nuts, cherries, etc
Word Origin
C19: via French from Provençal nogat, from noga nut, from Latin nux nut
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Word Origin and History for nougat

"sweetmeat of almonds and other nuts," 1827, from French nougat (18c.), from Provençal nougat "cake made with almonds," from Old Provençal nogat "nutcake," from noga, nuga "nut," from Vulgar Latin *nucatum (nominative *nuca), from Latin nux (genitive nucis) "nut," from PIE *kneu- "nut" (see nucleus).

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Slang definitions & phrases for nougat



A stupid or crazy person; boob, nut, sap: I told her not to be a nougat

[because nuts are the principal ingredient of nougat, the candy]

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 nougat

aerated confection made by mixing nuts and sometimes fruit pieces in a sugar paste whose composition is varied to give either a chewy or a brittle consistency. Nougat originated in Mediterranean countries, where honey, together with almonds or other nuts, was beaten into egg whites and then sun-dried.

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