\ 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

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 Under a 1972 tax law, the sugar content of bread cannot exceed 2 percent of the weight of flour in the dough. Washington Post, "Is Subway’s bread actually bread? The dispute is a reminder of how much sugar lurks in our food.," 8 Oct. 2020 However, in Ireland the ingredients in bread by definition, such as sugar and fat, cannot exceed 2% of the weight of flour in the dough. Cynthia Sass, Health.com, "Ireland Court Rules Subway Bread too Sugary—Here's What That Means for US Consumers," 2 Oct. 2020 According to the Value-Added Tax Act of 1972, part of the legal qualifications of bread is that sugar cannot constitute more than 2% of the total weight of flour in the dough. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Irish Supreme Court rules Subway sandwich bread isn’t legally bread," 1 Oct. 2020 Under Ireland's Value-Added Tax Act of 1972, bread can't have a sugar content that exceeds 2 percent of its weight of flour in dough to be considered a staple food and therefore tax-free. Stefan Sykes, NBC News, "Subway's sandwich bread isn't legally bread, Irish court rules," 1 Oct. 2020 Using a plastic spatula, gently fold the batter over itself a few times to ensure all of the flour is incorporated and the batter is smooth. Washington Post, "Tres Leche Cake," 30 Sep. 2020 Before the pandemic, groups of about 20 women would gather and turn dozens of pounds of flour into traditional bread and pastries in the days leading to a ceremony. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Coronavirus is threatening their people but it hasn't held back these indigenous pageant queens," 9 Sep. 2020 Place 2 cups of flour, the baking powder and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Ina Garten’s Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits," 2 Sep. 2020 Tianmianjiang, on the other hand, is an aged sauce composed mostly of wheat flour, salt, and a bit of soybeans. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, "Zhajiangmian Is the Perfect Combination of Salty, Sweet, and Savory," 18 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lightly flour your hands if the dough sticks to your fingers. Washington Post, "Muffin tin deep dish pizzas let kids get creative in the kitchen," 6 Oct. 2020 Very lightly flour a piece of parchment paper, your rolling pin and the top of the dough. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Sourdough Crackers," 12 Aug. 2020 Lightly butter and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, and set aside. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "5 dishes to cook for the 4th of July," 1 July 2020 His palacinke use a higher ratio of eggs to flour than the crespelle (the Italian version of the thin pancakes). Kara Elder, Washington Post, "A Serbian Croatian pancake meets Italian flavors in this family recipe mash-up," 1 July 2020 Finally, let the dough mix on a medium to low setting for 11-14 minutes With floured hands, take the dough out of the mixer, and place it into a lightly-floured bowl. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "These Italian Recipes Will Make You Feel Like You're Having a 'Night Out' in Italy," 15 May 2020 Whatever pan you’re using, be sure to grease and flour it well first. Los Angeles Times, "This perfect pound cake goes back to basics," 23 Apr. 2020 Turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "All in the family: Cooking with your kids while in quarantine," 5 May 2020 The wet, sticky dough in the Cinnamon-Date Sticky Buns, for example, is kneaded on an un-floured surface for a light and fluffy bread with a tender and open crumb. Sohla El-waylly, Bon Appétit, "How to Knead Dough Like You're in Charge," 13 Apr. 2020

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

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flour. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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