: 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 Seed oils include canola, corn, cottonseed, grapeseed, soybean, sunflower, rice bran and peanut oils. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 The recall does not include Quaker oats, instant oats, grits, oat bran, oat flour or rice snacks. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 12 Jan. 2024 Need something to jumpstart the mornings and end the monotony of overnight oats, bran cereal or random fruit? Meredith Woerner, Variety, 24 Nov. 2023 Whole grains are grains that keep intact the bran and germ, which each contain tons of essential nutrients. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 Infused with rice bran water and alpha arbutin, this serum works to hydrate the skin and reduce melanin production. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 The antioxidants and other nutrients in brown rice are primarily found in the bran. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 25 Mar. 2023 The cream contains Japanese purple rice bran and antioxidants like anthocyanin that protect your skin from environmental aggressors like pollution, while Okinawan algae and hyaluronic acid help preserve and reinforce the skin's moisture barrier. Malia Griggs, Glamour, 20 Nov. 2023 Think foods with insoluble fiber, like vegetables or meals containing wheat bran and whole grains, explains Dr. Lee. Emilia Benton, Men's Health, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French bren, bran

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the edible broken coat of the seed of a cereal grain left after the grain has been ground and the flour or meal sifted out

Medical Definition


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

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