glu·​ten ˈglü-tᵊn How to pronounce gluten (audio)
: a tenacious elastic protein substance especially of wheat flour that gives cohesiveness to dough
glutenous adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web UpRising is known for being an inclusive bakery and cafe that has an offering for whoever walks through the door with plenty of gluten-free and vegan options and a pro-LGBTQ+ environment. Shanzeh Ahmad, Chicago Tribune, 23 Mar. 2023 With gluten-free as well as vegan and vegetarian choices, this spot is perfect for a pre-show dinner that should suit all of your group’s dietary restrictions. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2023 Developers of speciality foods, such as gluten-free batter and breads, depend on such science to analyze a product's texture and how it is experienced by consumers. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 Mar. 2023 With strict preparation protocols, Snap Kitchen and The Good Kitchen are great options for those needing gluten-free and allergen-free meals. Laura Scholz, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2023 And, since the sweetness comes from stevia, the slather-it-on-everything barbecue sauce is sugar-free as well as gluten-free and vegan. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 The menu will also expand to include additional vegan and gluten-free options, puff pastries and cakes by the slice. The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2023 The rapper has expanded into pet accessories and a gluten-free cereal called Snoop Loopz. Heather Chen, CNN, 17 Mar. 2023 Vegan, gluten-free, and/or organic black walnut supplements are available. Brittany Lubeck, Rd, Verywell Health, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin glutin-, gluten glue — more at clay

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gluten was in 1803

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Cite this Entry

“Gluten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


glu·​ten ˈglüt-ᵊn How to pronounce gluten (audio)
: a tough elastic protein substance in flour especially from wheat that holds together dough and makes it sticky

Medical Definition


glu·​ten ˈglüt-ᵊn How to pronounce gluten (audio)
: a gluey protein substance especially of wheat flour that causes dough to be sticky
glutenous adjective

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