\ 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 cheese burrito is just a massive flour tortilla rolled up with melted cheddar inside and sinks into your stomach like a lead plummet hitting the ocean floor. Gustavo Arellano, latimes.com, "Remember Naugles Tacos? Never heard of it? The cult Mexican fast-food chain is expanding," 10 July 2019 Bordering on comical, the cardinal is essentially two burritos in one, a duo of flour tortillas joining together and filled to near bursting with fries, refried beans, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 Food options include Crabbie Fries topped with kani kama and spicy mayo; scallion pancakes; and the Rolling Avo, or avocado rolled and fried in a flour tortilla with a sweet cilantro sauce. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Tacos, sushi, pizza and doughnuts: 16 new restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in June," 2 July 2019 Helpful hints: ▪ Any type of flour tortilla can be used. Linda Gassenheimer, miamiherald, "Try the sheet pan dinner trend with these tasty shrimp fajitas," 4 June 2019 There’s a brisket taco on a flour tortilla with cilantro and onion, a chicken fajita taco or an excellent taco de pastor on a corn tortilla. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Tacos, burgers and beer on the lake—from a Stockyards Tex-Mex legacy," 4 June 2019 Lamb tacos Spectrum Catering cooks fill flour tortillas filled with barbacoa lamb, pico de gallo, lettuce, onion and cilantro. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hash brown grilled cheese! Here are 22 new foods at the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 5 Aug. 2018 In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, potato starch, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Everyone can celebrate July 4 with gluten-free, vegan cupcakes," 26 June 2019 Whisk the flour, ½ cup powdered sugar and ¾ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Creamy labneh lemon bars," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Place dough onto floured counter and form into 2 disks of dough. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 Roll dough into 10 inch square, about 1/4 inch thick, flouring counter and dough as needed to prevent sticking. Washington Post, "Snack attack: Try crumbly, cheesy, buttery spiced crackers," 24 June 2019 In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and Creole seasoning. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "How to Host a Dinner Like a Pro," 14 Feb. 2019 Season 2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons salt plus paprika and oregano to taste. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Champagne and fried chicken: The perfect match," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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