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biscuit (plural biscuits)
- (chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand, rare in the US) A small, flat, baked good which is either hard and crisp or else soft but firm: a cookie.
- (chiefly Canada, US) A small, usually soft and flaky bread, generally made with baking soda, which is similar in texture to a scone but which is usually not sweet.
- (UK) A cracker.
- cheese and biscuits, water biscuits, digestive biscuits
- (nautical) The "bread" formerly supplied to naval ships, which was made with very little water, kneaded into flat cakes, and slowly baked, and which often became infested with weevils.
- A form of unglazed earthenware.
- A light brown colour.
- (woodworking) A thin oval wafer of wood or other material inserted into mating slots on pieces of material to be joined to provide gluing surface and strength in shear.
For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.
- In North America, a biscuit is a small, soft baked bread similar to a scone but not sweet. In the United Kingdom, a biscuit is a small, crisp or firm, sweet baked good — the sort of thing which in North America is called a cookie. (Less frequently, British speakers refer to crackers as biscuits.) In North America, even small, layered baked sweets like Oreos are referred to as cookies, while in the UK, only those biscuits which have chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, or other things baked into them are also called cookies.
- Throughout the English-speaking world, thin, crispy, salty or savoury baked breads like these are called crackers, while thin, crispy, sweet baked goods like these and these are wafers.
- Both the US and the UK distinguish crackers, wafers and cookies/biscuits from cakes: the former are generally hard or crisp and become soft when stale, while the latter is generally soft or moist and becomes hard when stale.
Terms derived from biscuit
small, flat baked good — See also translations at : cookie
cracker — see cracker
form of earthenware
light brown colour
woodworking: wafer to provide gluing surface
biscuit m (plural biscuits)
- “biscuit” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
biscuit m (invariable)