\ ˈflau̇(-ə)r \

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 \ 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

In another small bowl, combine flours, leaveners, and spices and whisk until combined. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "New York’s Coolest Pastry Chef Explains How to Make All-Natural Food Coloring for Holiday Cookies," 17 Dec. 2018 Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Candy Cane Cake," 11 Dec. 2018 Some recipes included the likes of applesauce, oatmeal, flour, and/or Jell-O. 5. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 Restaurants often aren’t aware even if sesame flour or oil is in a product being used in cooking. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "FDA Considers Making Food Labels Disclose Sesame to Help Allergy Sufferers," 12 Nov. 2018 Add milk, butter and egg; stir until flour is moistened. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Recipe Alert: How to Make Pancakes," 23 July 2018 The flour is mild (not fruity) and is often used in baking and as a thickener for gravies and smoothies. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 Knead dough until all flour is fully incorporated and the dough is thick and smooth, with no lumps. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holla for challah: Braided bread marries religious tradition with foodie favorite," 23 Jan. 2018 Add beer and stir with a rubber spatula just until flour is moistened completely. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "2-Ingredient No-Knead Beer Bread," 2 Jan. 2012

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 If double-coating, place floured chicken in egg wash. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Fry chicken at home, or buy it at restaurants? That is the question," 17 Apr. 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


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Kids Definition of flour

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

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