from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A syrup, sauce, candy, or flavoring made by melting butter and brown sugar together.
  • n. A golden or tawny brown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hard candy made from butter, brown sugar, syrup and vanilla
  • n. A light brown colour, like that of butterscotch candy.
  • adj. Of a light brown colour, like that of butterscotch candy.
  • adj. Having the flavour of butterscotch.


Alteration of butterscot : butter + scot, of unknown origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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