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[shawrt-bred] /ˈʃɔrtˌbrɛd/
a butter cookie commonly made in thick, pie-shaped wheels or rolled and cut in fancy shapes.
Origin of shortbread
1795-1805; short + bread Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shortbread
  • She's as much an emblem and a tourist draw as tartan, bagpipes, and shortbread.
  • The colorful mixture of fruit and nuts makes for a festive presentation atop rich shortbread.
  • We double your pleasure by offering not one but two buttery, nutty shortbread rounds in each cookie.
  • We alternated syllabub tastes with shortbread cookies.
  • The compressed bars, similar to dense shortbread, are highly fortified and ready-to-eat.
British Dictionary definitions for shortbread


a rich crumbly biscuit made from dough with a large proportion of butter
Word Origin
C19: from short (in the sense: crumbly)
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Word Origin and History for shortbread

also short-bread, 1755, from short (see shortening) + bread (n.).

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