\ ˈflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce flour (audio) \

Definition of flour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a product consisting of finely milled wheat also : a similar product made from another grain or food product (such as dried potatoes or fish)
2 : a fine soft powder


floured; flouring; flours

Definition of flour (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to coat with or as if with flour

intransitive verb

: to break up into particles

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Other Words from flour


flourless adjective
floury \ ˈflau̇(-​ə)r-​ē How to pronounce floury (audio) \ adjective

Examples of flour in a Sentence


a five-pound bag of flour mix the two flours together


The fish should be lightly floured before it's fried.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whisk together egg yolk and 3 tablespoons of milk and pour into flour mixture, pulsing or mixing by hand, until dough comes together and starts to form a ball. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrate late summer produce with a rustic tomato cheddar galette," 22 Aug. 2019 Ingredients ● 1 cup cornmeal, medium grind ● 1/2 cup flour● 1 tablespoon baking powder ● 1/2 teaspoon salt ● 1 cup milk ● 1 egg ● 2 tablespoons honey ● 1/2 tablespoon oil Instructions 1. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to Infusing a Western-Chic Vibe Into Your Home," 1 Aug. 2019 For tempura, in a mixing bowl, combine soda water and 1 ½ cups flour together and mix lightly with chopsticks. National Geographic, "Crispy Whole Red Snapper," 12 July 2019 Roughly 4,620 cases of the flour manufactured by ADM Milling Co., at the company’s mill in Buffalo, NY, are included in the alert. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Pillsbury Recalls Flour on E. Coli Fears," 17 June 2019 Continue beating, gradually adding remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, until smooth and pliable, 4 to 5 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Rolls," 7 Dec. 2018 Add one-third of the flour mixture and mix on low speed to incorporate. Bryn Mooth, Cincinnati.com, "Chocolate + wine = true love," 8 Feb. 2018 At a third restaurant, insects were found in a bulk container of flour. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Rodent droppings, roaches and insects highlight restaurant violations for August 12-18," 20 Aug. 2019 In Ashgabat, the capital, each family is now allowed only one kilogram of flour; in Dashoguz, a city in the north, customers can purchase up to 5 kilograms, according to reports by Turkmen.news and Radio Azatlyk. CNN, "A hermit nation ruled by an egomaniac: Is Turkmenistan on the brink of collapse?," 10 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, browned 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional) Directions: At home: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What Colorado’s top chefs cook when they go camping," 12 Aug. 2019 With floured 2- to 3-inch assorted cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible, wrap and refrigerate trimmings. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make the Most Delicious Christmas Butter Cookies," 20 Dec. 2018 Roll the dough into a 12-inch round, rotating after each roll and re-flouring the surface, dough and pin as needed to prevent sticking. Los Angeles Times, "Duck fat: the magic ingredient you didn’t know your peach pie needed," 27 July 2019 Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch or 8-inch cake pan or line with parchment; grease parchment. 2. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "This plummy dessert takes the cake," 26 July 2019 Place dough onto floured counter and form into 2 disks of dough. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 Roll dough into 10 inch square, about 1/4 inch thick, flouring counter and dough as needed to prevent sticking. Washington Post, "Snack attack: Try crumbly, cheesy, buttery spiced crackers," 24 June 2019 In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and Creole seasoning. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Host a Dinner Like a Pro," 14 Feb. 2019 Season 2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons salt plus paprika and oregano to taste. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Champagne and fried chicken: The perfect match," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flour


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1657, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for flour


Middle English — more at flower

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English Language Learners Definition of flour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: powder made from a grain (especially wheat) that is used in cooking for making bread, cakes, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of flour (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something) with flour


\ ˈflau̇r How to pronounce flour (audio) \

Kids Definition of flour

: finely ground wheat or other food product whole wheat flour potato flour

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