Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

mustard

play
noun mus·tard \ˈməs-tərd\

Simple Definition of mustard

  • : a thick and spicy yellow or brownish-yellow sauce that is usually eaten with meat

  • : a plant with yellow flowers, leaves that can be used for food, and seeds that are used in making mustard

  • : a brownish-yellow color

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mustard

  1. 1 a :  a pungent yellow powder of the seeds of any of several common mustards (Brassica hirta, B. nigra, or B. juncea) used as a condiment or in medicine as a stimulant and diuretic, an emetic, or a counterirritant b slang :  zest

  2. 2 :  any of several herbs (genus Brassica of the family Cruciferae syn. Brassicaceae, the mustard family) with lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and linear beaked pods

  3. 3 :  a dark to moderate yellow

mustardy play \-tər-dē\ adjective

Examples of mustard in a sentence

  1. Would you like some mustard on your hot dog?



Illustration of mustard

Origin of mustard

Middle English, from Anglo-French mustarde, from must must, from Latin mustum


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with mustard



MUSTARD Defined for Kids

mustard

play
noun mus·tard \ˈmə-stərd\

Definition of mustard for Students

  1. :  a sharp-tasting yellow powder that is prepared from the seeds of a plant related to the cabbage and is used especially as a seasoning for foods




Medical Dictionary

mustard

play
noun mus·tard \ˈməs-tərd\

Medical Definition of mustard

  1. 1:  a pungent yellow condiment consisting of the pulverized seeds of the black mustard or sometimes the white mustard either dry or made into a paste and serving as a stimulant and diuretic or in large doses as an emetic and as a counterirritant when applied to the skin as a poultice

  2. 2:  any of several herbs (genus Brassica of the family Cruciferae, the mustard family) with lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and linear beaked pods—see black mustard 1, white mustard

  3. 3a:  mustard gasb:  nitrogen mustard





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mustard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a timid, meek, or unassertive person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

perplex disapprove reduce soothe
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ