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 For the past three months, Molly Fredenberg has been in her Brooklyn apartment mixing cornstarch, flour and expired makeup together to paint 12-by-16-inch canvas artwork. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, "The creative ways beauty pros are facing the pandemic," 18 June 2020 When crust is cooled, in a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and salt. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Strawberry U-pick farms in metro Detroit: Where to go, what to expect," 12 June 2020 To make the pudding: In a medium bowl whisk together the sugar and cornstarch. Jessica Battilana,, "Vanilla pudding recipe with roasted rhubarb is a cool bowl of comfort," 12 June 2020 Toss beef strips in remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Beef: Here's why it's leaner than ever and a source for several nutrients," 2 Nov. 2019 In a small bowl, stir together 3 tablespoons water and the cornstarch., "Colombian Braised Beef (Posta Negra)," 23 Oct. 2019 Remove from the heat and stir in the cornstarch and salt. Jessica Battilana,, "Repertoire: How to make Jessica Battilana’s apple turnovers," 27 Sep. 2019 In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the remaining 1/4 cup of water and whisk until dissolved. Chris Ross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "House-made teriyaki shines in Salmon Poke," 9 July 2019 Make a slurry with about 2 teaspoons cornstarch and a couple tablespoons of water. Dallas News, "Dallas chefs tell us their secret meals to make with what’s left on grocery store shelves," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cornstarch

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Cornstarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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) \

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

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