\ 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

The term refers to materials a company must acquire to sell its product—for instance, the flour and sugar a baker must buy to sell donuts. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Why Spotify Will Never Make Money," 3 May 2018 Jews prepare for Passover by cleaning out their homes to remove all leaven, such as bread, rice, flour and yeast. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "What is Passover? Here are some facts about the biblical holiday," 30 Mar. 2018 All American Zea mays includes sweet, field, popping, ornamental, flour and flint corns, the latter two usually used for corn meal. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Double-duty: Grow corn to support bean stalks too | Idaho Statesman," 28 Mar. 2018 There's also a woman making handmade flour tortillas by the dozen. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 Or, try this quick dessert recipe: Ground Cherry-Pineapple Crumble Serves 4 3 cups halved ground cherries 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks ½ cup sugar ½ cup blanched almonds ¼ cup unsalted butter ¼ cup flour½ cup brown sugar 1. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Meanwhile, whisk oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and remaining 1 cup flour in a large bowl to combine. Bon Appetit, "Cinnamon-Oat Peach Crisp," 28 May 2018 Jessica Chastain’s Vegan Banana Pancakes Ingredients: 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour2 tbsp. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Jessica Chastain Goes Full Glam While Making Banana Pancakes—and Jennifer Garner Is Here for It," 23 Apr. 2018 In food processor with knife blade attached, pulse flour and sugar until combined. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Recipe for Christmas Shortbread Bites," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Polish Walnut Horns 1 cup butter 8 ounces cream cheese 2 ¾ cups flour3 cups ground walnuts 2 ¾ cups sugar, divided 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup cream Beat together butter and cream cheese until light. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Remembering mom through recipes, traditions and food stories," 9 Apr. 2018 With a long sharp knife, cut dough in 16 squares, cutting in one downward motion and flouring knife after each cut Place squares 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cooking sheet. Woman's Day, "Cornmeal Biscuits," 31 Dec. 2011

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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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to boil down or concentrate

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