glu·​ten | \ ˈglü-tᵊn How to pronounce gluten (audio) \

Definition of gluten

: a tenacious elastic protein substance especially of wheat flour that gives cohesiveness to dough

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Other Words from gluten

glutenous \ ˈglüt-​nəs How to pronounce glutenous (audio) , ˈglü-​tᵊn-​əs \ adjective

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There will also be three vegan and gluten-free cookies, a milk bar and a late-night pickup window. Phillip Valys,, "Flagler Village: New bars, restaurants invade funky Fort Lauderdale village," 23 Aug. 2019 The company serves a range of diets, including vegetarian, vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and nut-free options. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Rush Bowls, a Colorado meals-in-a-bowl concept, to debut in Houston," 21 Aug. 2019 Gajiwala confirms that White Claw’s process involves millet and other gluten-free grains, but won’t divulge anything else about the proprietary recipe. Esther Mobley,, "Hard seltzer is this summer’s biggest scam," 20 Aug. 2019 Famously embraced by techies in Silicon Valley, keto is today’s hottest diet (displacing gluten-free). Neil Swidey,, "Diet advice changes by the minute. How are we supposed to figure out what to eat?," 20 Aug. 2019 Old standbys slipped in if they could be converted usefully, like chicken fingers made with rice flour to become a gluten-free option. Sarah Schweitzer, The Atlantic, "The Lunch Ladies of New Canaan," 15 Aug. 2019 Because these noodles, which get their English name because of their translucence, are super-light and springy, and gluten-free. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "This quick Korean stir-fry serves up a bounty of fresh-cut vegetables," 13 Aug. 2019 The products till offers are suited to many different dietary styles including paelo, keto, and gluten-free. Sarah Cook, al, "New service offers an online farmer’s market," 12 Aug. 2019 They're all fried, some are gluten-free or vegan-friendly. Polly Campbell,, "So hoity-toity! These doughnuts coming to Walnut Hills have class," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of gluten

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gluten

Latin glutin-, gluten glue — more at clay

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The first known use of gluten was in 1803

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English Language Learners Definition of gluten

: a substance in wheat and flour that holds dough together


glu·​ten | \ ˈglüt-ᵊn How to pronounce gluten (audio) \

Medical Definition of gluten

: a gluey protein substance especially of wheat flour that causes dough to be sticky

Other Words from gluten

glutenous \ ˈglüt-​nəs, -​ᵊn-​əs How to pronounce glutenous (audio) \ adjective

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