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briquet \bri*quet"\, Briquette \Bri*quette"\, n. [Also briquet.] [F., dim. of brique brick.]

  1. A block of compacted charcoal, coal dust, or peat, etc., used as a fuel. Charcoal briquettes are a common fuel used for the outdoor barbecue grill.

  2. A block of artificial stone in the form of a brick, used for paving; also, a molded sample of solidified cement or mortar for use as a test piece for showing the strength of the material.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1884, originally blocks of compressed coal dust held together by pitch, from French briquette (18c.), diminutive of brique (see brick (n.)).


n. (alternative form of briquet English)


n. a block made from charcoal or coal dust and burned as fuel [syn: briquet]


A briquette (or briquet) is a compressed block of coal dust or other combustible biomass material such as charcoal, sawdust, wood chips, peat, or paper used for fuel and kindling to start a fire. The term comes from the French language and is related to brick.

Usage examples of "briquette".

The testing of another portion of the same coal in a briquette machine at different pressures and with different percentages and kinds of binder, in order to determine the feasibility of briquetting the slack or fine coal.

She watches the coals glowing in backyard obscurity like poisonous pink eggs in a metal nest, the spit and spark of yellow flame as grease hits the briquettes like a short in the night, a modest show but richly entertaining.

You were facing three long aisles running the width of the store, plus various special displays and stacks of insulated mugs and charcoal briquettes and birdseed.

The fans were just another vexatious and slightly mysterious part of life, like wondering why garages sell charcoal briquettes in winter or why Rolf Harris never gets any older.

He had a flat electrical starter that he plugged into an extension cord, mounding on charcoal briquettes, which he rearranged with a set of long metal pincers.

Once the pot was filled, the gunpowder was moistened into paste with the urine, then formed into briquettes, which dried hard in the sun.

A Weber grill had been set out and the smell of charcoal lighter and smoking briquettes drifted across the road to me.

After filling certain pockets and pouches with weapons and survival items, some reproduction coins of gold, silver, and copper, a water-purification set, and a supply of food-energy briquettes, she reconsidered for a moment, then added a medium-sized medical kit to her pack.

Sawatzki puts on the last briquettes: Sugarbeets need husbandry -- God has sugar in his pee!

It was beginning to smolder, to give off poison fumes: a little briquette of anger and lust and fear.

Within minutes, the ball barbecue is opened, the briquettes lit, the embers are glowing, and spirits are raised.

At Düsseldorf Central Station Matern manages to save him, but in Benrath he is swallowed up by the mob along with his briquettes.

I had a saucepan, some charcoal briquettes, and a little piece of raw flank steak.

I decided I wasn't going to wait around to get turned into a briquette, so I stuffed a bunch of clothes into a couple of garbage bags and took off.