Definition of biscuit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɪskɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪskɪt//
    Carbohydrates, Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1   [countable] (British English) a small flat dry cake for one person, usually sweet, and baked until crisp a packet of chocolate biscuits a selection of cheese biscuits The cake has a biscuit base (= one made from crushed biscuits). compare cookie see also digestive biscuit, dog biscuit See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  2. 2 [countable] (North American English) a soft bread roll, often eaten with gravy See related entries: Carbohydrates
  3. 3 [uncountable] a pale yellowish-brown colour More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French bescuit, based on Latin bis ‘twice’ + coctus, past participle of coquere ‘to cook’ (so named because originally biscuits were cooked in a twofold process: first baked and then dried out in a slow oven so that they would keep).Extra examples Frank always dunks his biscuits in his tea. He brushed the biscuit crumbs from his jacket. He was cutting biscuits out and putting them on a baking tray. a packet of coconut biscuitsIdioms
    take the biscuit (British English) (also take the cake North American English, British English)
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    (informal) to be the most surprising, annoying, etc. thing that has happened or that somebody has done You've done some stupid things before, but this really takes the biscuit!
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