\ 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 Add the flour, malted milk powder and salt and whisk slowly until everything is combined, then whisk more vigorously until the batter is very thick, a full 45 seconds. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Recipe: Malted 'Forever' Brownies," 21 Oct. 2020 Consider reducing the amount of beans, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, and whole wheat flour in your diet to see if your symptoms improve. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "6 Types of Foods That Could Make Your Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms Worse," 21 Oct. 2020 Regarding the English muffins, whole-wheat flour can skew bitter as well, which is where the honey comes into the balancing act. Moisture. Washington Post, "Sugar adds more than sweetness to baked goods. Here’s what to know before you cut it.," 5 Oct. 2020 Once the butter has become frothy, add the flour one tablespoon at a time and whisk well to incorporate after each addition. San Diego Union-Tribune, "My ultimate comfort food: stuffed shells," 9 Sep. 2020 Add flour, and stir until mixture begins to hold together. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Tabitha Brown's Black-Bean Veggie Burgers with Crispy Potato Wedges," 10 Aug. 2020 With a sifter, add the flour to the mixture and fold it in gently. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "How to make ‘the most famous cheesecake in all of Europe’," 7 Aug. 2020 Add some flour and tap and rotate pan, to lightly coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Frankenstein Cake," 6 Aug. 2020 Add the flour to make a roux, and cook until the roux bubbles, 6 to 8 minutes. cleveland, "Don’t know what to do with all that fresh produce? Make a chilled summertime soup," 4 Aug. 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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29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flour. Accessed 30 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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