done·​ness | \ ˈdən-nəs How to pronounce doneness (audio) \

Definition of doneness

: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree

Examples of doneness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doneness window is wide, which gives you a high probability of serving your fish at its best, plus the technique is odorless and requires no additional fat. Ned Baldwin, Bon Appétit, 18 June 2021 Check doneness by squeezing between your thumb and forefinger: asparagus or okra should be gently yielding. New York Times, 15 June 2021 Grill steaks 4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or to desired doneness. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 Unlike meats, which have specific temperatures that need to be hit for proper doneness, onions don’t require a lot of attention. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 Flip and grill to desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes more for medium. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 6 May 2021 Taste the pasta for doneness 2 minutes earlier than package instructions. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Check for doneness and continue to cook for 3 more if your rice needs it. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, 12 May 2021 Remove steak from marinade and grill or broil to desired doneness. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of doneness

1927, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2021

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“Doneness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doneness

: the state of being cooked completely or enough


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