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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For dessert, guests chose between three gluten-free cakes: coconut, which is Matt’s favorite, a vegan carrot, and lemon-raspberry—all created by Lilac Patisserie in Santa Barbara. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 Stay away from the flour, stay away from the refined sugar, stay away from the gluten. Clay Skipper, GQ, "The Trainer to LeBron James and Victor Oladipo Shares the Recovery Secrets of NBA Stars," 31 May 2018 Fold the dough This step helps strengthen the gluten, regulate temperature, and push out any carbon dioxide formed during fermentation. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "A Healthy Sourdough Focaccia Recipe for NYC’s Planned Parenthood Bake Sale," 8 Apr. 2018 This is because oats are often grown or processed alongside gluten-containing grains such as wheat and barley. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oats get your day off to a nutritious, filling start," 9 Jan. 2018 This is the second Perdue nugget recall recently; the company recalled some gluten-free chicken nugget products two weeks ago due to the possible presence of wood in them. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Two Brands of Chicken Nuggets Were Recalled This Week," 30 Jan. 2019 Kroger also plans, with a user’s permission, to more specifically target products and ads to a shopper’s preferences, highlighting products for gluten-free eaters, say. Dina Bass, The Seattle Times, "Kroger, Microsoft test futuristic grocery store in Redmond. Amazon, take note.," 7 Jan. 2019 Each weekly selection of recipes includes options for vegetarian, gluten-free, low-calorie, and low-carb diets. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 It’s non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and non GMO. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018

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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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