AskDefine | Define briquet

Dictionary Definition

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

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Alternative spellings


diminutive of French brique 'brick'


(US) IPA: /brɪˈkɛt/


  1. a small brick, typically made of charcoal and typically used for fuel
    • 1911, F. H. King, Farmers of Forty Centuries
      Another pinch of charcoal was added and the process repeated until the mold was filled, when the briquet was forced out.
  2. (obsolete?) a cigarette lighter
    • 1919, John Galsworthy, Saint's Progress
      Out of the corner of his eye he caught the flash of a man's "briquet" lighting a cigarette.


small brick
cigarette lighter










Extensive Definition

Briquet may refer to:
  • Charles Moїse Briquet (1880-1918) - Swiss paper merchant and scholar of watermarks.
  • Artois Hound or Briquet, a rare breed of dog, and a descendant of the Bloodhound
  • Briquette or briquet, a block of flammable matter which is used as fuel to start and maintain a fire
  • Sabre, a sword with a curved, single-edged blade and a rather large hand guard, often carried in past centuries by infantrymen and artillerymen.
  • A type of sandwich.
  • Somatization disorder or Briquet's disorder, also Brissaud-Marie Syndrome, a psychiatric diagnosis
  • False male genitals. In fourteenth-century Europe, high-ranking noblemen were permitted to display their genitals below a short tunic, while those not impressively endowed could, if they choose, wear a leather fake called a briquette.
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