\ˈbran \

Definition of bran 

: the edible broken seed coats of cereal grain separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting

Examples of bran in a Sentence

The doctor told me to eat more bran because it is a good source of fiber.

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Like Tatcha's first scrubs, these newbies are made from Japanese rice bran. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Tatcha Is Giving Its Fan-Favorite Rice Enzyme Powder a Makeover," 31 July 2018 Kiehl's gentle overnight formula retextures skin using ethically sourced quinoa husks and exfoliating Phytic Acid found in Japanese rice bran to naturally fight dull complexions for a fresher face come sunrise. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Game-Changing Ingredient That’s Missing From Your Daily Moisturizer," 19 July 2018 These flakes are large and oily, think the size of bran or oatmeal. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 Best of all were the worms that were given bran with their plastic. The Economist, "Another way to recycle plastic," 24 May 2018 Those ingredients include flaxseed oil, hemp-seed oil, rice bran, black currant and coconut and grape seed oils. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 The signature aroma of good fried chicken comes from frying oil used during its short-lived prime, so Kirnon treats her rice bran oil with as much care and attention as some chefs coddle premium tuna belly. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Others received wheat bran to supplement their plastic diets. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "How Worms Can Help Recycle Plastic," 27 May 2018 Others had their plastic meals supplemented with wheat bran. The Economist, "Another way to recycle plastic," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of bran

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bran

Middle English, from Anglo-French bren, bran

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English Language Learners Definition of bran

: the outer coat of the seed of a grain


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Kids Definition of bran

: the broken coat of the seed of cereal grain separated (as by sifting) from the flour or meal


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Medical Definition of bran 

: the edible broken seed coats of cereal grain separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting

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