corn·​starch | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch How to pronounce cornstarch (audio) \

Definition of cornstarch

: starch made from corn and used in foods as a thickening agent, in making corn syrup and sugars, and in the manufacture of adhesives and sizes for paper and textiles

Examples of cornstarch in a Sentence

I used some cornstarch to thicken the gravy.
Recent Examples on the Web Lucky Danger uses a lesser cut of meat — bottom sirloin — but scores each piece twice, in part to catch the sauce, and breads the bites in a combination of cornstarch and wheat flour. Washington Post, "At Lucky Danger, two talented chefs just want to have fun with their American Chinese food," 19 Mar. 2021 Add remaining teaspoon semolina (or cornstarch) and toss just to incorporate. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Flavorful sheet pan seafood kebabs may be simple, but they offer a ton of possibility," 18 Mar. 2021 Some mixes do this with soy lecithin, others with cornstarch. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "Instant hot cocoa is a starchy disaster. Here’s how to make your own.," 23 Dec. 2020 Create a slurry using one tablespoon of cornstarch or flour and one tablespoon of water. Bre Richey,, "How long to cook pork chops in a slow cooker," 19 Mar. 2021 In one, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper. Washington Post, "Want golden, crispy fish without deep-frying? This air fryer recipe is for you.," 2 Mar. 2021 Whisk a little cornstarch into the warm potatoes, only a teaspoon at a time, until the potatoes thicken to your liking. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, "Oops, My Mashed Potatoes are Soupy. Here's How to Thicken Them," 7 Feb. 2021 In a small bowl combine cornstarch and ¼ cup water. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Recipe for a Perfect One-Pot Chicken Stew," 21 Oct. 2020 Toss chicken pieces in the remaining tablespoon of cornstarch. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "You can cut fat, calories from sweet and sour chicken by preparing it like a stir-fry," 20 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cornstarch

1853, in the meaning defined above

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3 Apr 2021

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“Cornstarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cornstarch

US : a fine powder made from corn (sense 1) that is used in cooking especially to make liquids thicker


corn·​starch | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch How to pronounce cornstarch (audio) \

Kids Definition of cornstarch

: a fine powder made from corn and used to thicken foods when cooking

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