glu·​ten | \ ˈglü-tᵊn \

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 , ˈglü-​tᵊn-​əs \ adjective

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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 Vegan chocolates that are gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free — and still delicious. Elizabeth Karmel, The Seattle Times, "A dozen gifts for cooks and foodies," 4 Dec. 2018 In New York, NeueHouse offers a menu that includes gluten-free cauliflower pizza and a sandwich known as the Impossible Burger, Mr. Wyatt’s personal favorite. Craig Karmin, WSJ, "Upscale Co-Working Firm Aims for Restart With New CEO, Funding," 27 Nov. 2018 The menu hits all of today’s socially approved benchmarks: antibiotic-free, gluten-free, locally sourced. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New Yorker Tours Times Square," 13 Nov. 2018 South Carolina churches to offer gluten-free Communion bread. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Questions surround Kavanaugh's accuser after investigation demands; New hope for nuke-free N. Korea," 19 Sep. 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 \

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 \ adjective

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