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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The bran's fiber-rich outer layer supplies B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (natural compounds in plants that can help prevent disease). Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Why It's Worth It to Add Sprouted Whole Grains to Your Diet," 1 July 2020 For example, ancient Greeks and Egyptians smeared all kinds of things—like oil, myrrh, and rice bran—all over themselves to try and prevent tanning. George Zaidan, Wired, "Wait, What’s the Deal With Sunscreen? Does It Work or Not?," 18 Apr. 2020 For me, only the blueberry variety will do — besides the occasional masochistically virtuous bran muffin, do any of the others matter? Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: The best blueberry muffins, period," 2 Apr. 2020 Reuters Victoria’s Secret The sale of L Brands’ Victoria’s Secret bran to Sycamore Partners may be announced this week, according to a CNBC report that says talks are near completion. David Meyer, Fortune, "Trillion-dollar deficits are here to stay," 10 Feb. 2020 But rice cookers, for all their whiz-bang science that makes perfect rice every time, aren't really formulated for nutty, nutritious brown rice, which requires a longer cooking time for water to penetrate its tough layer of bran. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "The Secret to Perfect Brown Rice: Treat it Like Pasta," 6 Apr. 2017 Whole grains are made of three main components: the bran and the germ, which are the most nutritious parts, as well as the endosperm. Sophie Egan, New York Times, "What Should I Look for When Buying Whole Grains?," 16 Mar. 2020 Squalene is also abundant in olive oil, and can be sourced from rice bran, wheat germ, and sugar cane. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Beauty Benefits of Squalane Oil," 10 Mar. 2020 While some versions rely on leaveners, Chou achieves maximum fluff by whipping egg yolks and whites before folding in rice bran oil, sugar, and King Arthur unbleached cake flour. Rachel Karten, Bon Appétit, "How Do I Love Thee, Chinese Sponge Cake? Let Me Count the Layers," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of bran was in the 14th century

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4 Jul 2020

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“Bran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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