\ 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 flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Ham Biscuit Sandwiches With Apricot Mustard," 18 Mar. 2019 Almond flour, maple syrup, cocoa powder, ghee, and an egg. Topped with chocolate chips, banana and maple syrup toasted coconut chips. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018 Mix flour, one cup sugar, milk, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "National Cherry Cobbler Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 17 May 2018 Whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna Gaines Shares the Breakfast Recipe That Chip Eats 'Every Saturday'," 2 May 2018 Sprinkle flour over mushrooms, stirring gently with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mushroom brie soup a creamy splurge," 23 Mar. 2018 Pastry 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed 1/2 cup cold buttermilk 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 1 egg Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "A recipe and the cook behind it: Kat Cahill of Saundra's Kitchen," 28 Feb. 2018 Whisk flour and milk until smooth, stir into soup and bring to a boil. Fox News, "Perfect Recipes for a Playoff Party," 20 Jan. 2018 Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour, beating until just incorporated. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chocolate-Matcha Swirl Pound Cake," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Unfold pastry onto floured surface; lightly flour top. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cajun Sausage Puffs With Bourbon Mustard," 5 Nov. 2018 Roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness on a gluten-free floured surface. Maureen Mccourt Boylan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four magical ways to keep the kids busy this holiday season," 5 Dec. 2017 With floured 2 1/2- to 3-inch round cutters, cut out dough and transfer to prepared baking sheet. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Classic Jelly Donuts," 19 Mar. 2018 When ready to make cookies, roll out dough on a piece of parchment lightly floured. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "New York’s Coolest Pastry Chef Explains How to Make All-Natural Food Coloring for Holiday Cookies," 17 Dec. 2018 Lightly flour the edges to prevent dough from sticking. Country Living, "Sweet Potato Biscuits," 9 Mar. 2018 If top surface of dough starts to feel sticky, flip it over onto floured counter and roll on other side. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Lightly flour dough and roll into 12- by 9-inch rectangle, lightly flouring and scraping as needed to prevent sticking. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sparkly Apple Slab Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 Add 2 eggs to flour mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna Gaines Shares the Breakfast Recipe That Chip Eats 'Every Saturday'," 2 May 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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