\ 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 flour (audio) \ adjective

Examples of flour in a Sentence

Noun a five-pound bag of flour mix the two flours together Verb The fish should be lightly floured before it's fried.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To make it, cornmeal is cooked into a porridge, molasses is stirred in, and then yeast and flour are added. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 Fresh bagels can be prepared simply from flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and water. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Soon enough, the baking frenzy resulted in a shortage of crucial ingredients like flour and yeast. USA Today, 15 Apr. 2021 In place of bread, observant Jews eat the crackerlike matzo, which is made from wheat flour (and no yeast). Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 In large bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook, place flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, 12 Nov. 2020 Broken supply chains have resulted in the dumping of milk and eggs, and the rotting of produce in the fields, even as grocery stores have seen shortages of things such as meat, flour and yeast. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2020 Except for flour and yeast, the store was able to keep shelves stocked during the height of the pandemic when its sales more than doubled, according to store manager Dileep Gangolli. Katie Surma, chicagotribune.com, 23 Oct. 2020 Sales of soap, flour and yeast were also up by a significant amount. Carolynn Look, Bloomberg.com, 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a jellyroll pan measuring about 10x15 inches. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. Kate Krader, Fortune, 26 Sep. 2021 Now, either flour a work surface and knead the dough by hand, or attach the dough hook and knead in the stand mixer. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2021 Lightly re-flour your hands, the work surface, and the dough as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Time, 12 Aug. 2021 Line 9-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, then butter and flour it. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 28 July 2021 Generously grease and flour a 9- by 3-inch loaf pan. Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 Lightly flour a work surface, then turn the dough out onto it. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 June 2021 If the cookie is difficult to remove from the mold, very lightly flour the mold before layering in the dough. Beth Segal, cleveland, 7 May 2021

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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 flour, flur "blossom of a plant, prime of life, best of a class, ground wheat free of bran," borrowed from Anglo-French flour, flur "blossom of a plant, paragon, best part, ground grain free of bran" — more at flower entry 1

Note: In the sense "ground grain free of bran and impurities," Anglo-French flour, flur was presumably originally short for flur de farine, "best part of the milled grain," which is reflected in contemporaneous Medieval Latin flos farinae. The Französisches etymologisches Wörterbuch points out that flur became the ordinary word for "flour" not only in Anglo-French, but also in at least part of medieval Picardy and in isolated areas elsewhere (vol. 3, p. 632). See also W. Rothwell, "From Latin to Anglo-French and Middle English: The Role of the Multilingual Gloss," Modern Language Review, vol. 88, no. 3 (July, 1993), pp. 584-85. In English, consistent distinction in spelling of the two meanings "blossom of a plant" and "finely milled grain" was not made before the eighteenth century. Samuel Johnson's dictionary (1755) still enters both meanings under the single spellling flower.


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The first known use of flour was in the 13th century

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“Flour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flour. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of flour

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

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