26 Aug 2016
From Old French (12th Century) bescuit. It literally means twice-cooked or twice-baked and derives from bis (two) + cuire (to cook). The American sense of “soft and fluffy bun” is recorded from 1818, whereas everywhere but America, France included, still uses the “hard and crispy” definition of biscuit. So if you are traveling and someone offers you a biscuit, expect something more like a cookie than the typical southern bun!