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Nougat \Nou`gat"\, n. [F.] A cake, sweetmeat, or confection made with almonds or other nuts.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"sweetmeat of almonds and other nuts," 1827, from French nougat (18c.), from Provençal nougat "cake made with almonds," from Old Provençal nogat "nutcake," from noga, nuga "nut," from Vulgar Latin *nucatum (nominative *nuca), from Latin nux (genitive nucis) "nut," from PIE *kneu- "nut" (see nucleus).


n. A confection of honey or sugar and roasted nuts, often with other ingredients.


n. nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste


This article is about the food. For the Android software, see Android Nougat.

Nougat ( ; or ; ) is a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts ( almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are common), whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat is chewy, and it is used in a variety of candy bars and chocolates. The word nougat comes from Occitanpan nogat , seemingly from Latin panis nucatus 'nut bread' (the late colloquial Latin adjective nucatum means 'nutted' or 'nutty').

There are three basic kinds of nougat. The first, and most common, is white nougat ("mandorlato" or "torrone" in Italy), made with beaten egg whites and honey; it appeared in Cologna Veneta, Italy, in the early 15th century, in Alicante, Spain, probably earlier but with the first published recipe in the 16th century, and in Montélimar, France, in the 18th century. The second is brown nougat (nougatine in French), which is made without egg whites and has a firmer, often crunchy texture. The third is the Viennese or German nougat which is essentially a chocolate and nut (usually hazelnut) praline.

Usage examples of "nougat".

Mills bomb turns out to be luscious pepsin-flavored nougat, chock-full of tangy candied cubeb berries, and a chewy camphor-gum center.

There was chicken cooked in pomegranate juice, and lamb cubed and marinated and broiled in a manner called kabab, and a rose-flavored sharbat cold with snow, and a billowy, trembling confection like a fluffed-up nougat, made of fine white flour, cream, honey, daintily flavored with oil of pistachio, and called a balesh.

When she had finished that chore he asked her to serve the cold breast of chicken and huge boiled shrimp in their shells, and to see that the pasteries and nougat confections were evenly divided.

But when the door opened the candy was claimed by a big bruiser in a leathern jerkin, who had been getting his snappers put in condition for a delicious feast of nougat, chocolate creams, fudge, and caramels.

At the center of the state dining room, Maillard had created a fountain, supported by water nymphs of nougat and surrounded by marzipan beehives filled with marzipan bees, producing charlotte russe.

His repertoire of candies is remarkable: all manner of crystallized fruit, nougat, pralines, and a tooth-rotting wonder he calls divinity fudge.

There were piles of chocolate-covered mints in the drawing rooms, baskets of chocolate-covered nougats in the parlors.

I handed her a fistful of chocolate nougats, hoping that, like the other children, she would quickly move on to the next house.