[noo-guht, noo-gah]
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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nougat (ˈnuːɡɑː, ˈnʌɡət)
a hard chewy pink or white sweet containing chopped nuts, cherries, etc
[C19: via French from Provençal nogat, from noga nut, from Latin nux nut]

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Word Origin & History

"sweetmeat of almonds and other nuts," 1827, from Fr. nougat, from Prov. nougat "cake made with almonds," from O.Prov. nogat "nutcake," from noga, nuga "nut," from V.L. *nucatum (nom. *nuca), from L. nux (gen. nucis) "nut" (see nucleus).
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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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Example sentences
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.
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