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

Other Words from gluten

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

Examples of gluten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep in mind that making a dish gluten-free or vegetarian doesn't have to be stressful or difficult. Dana Mcmahan, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 Go Brewing initially plans to bring five beers to market, including an India pale ale, lager, fruit infusion, stout and gluten-free option. Suzanne Baker,, 18 Nov. 2021 Red Lobster already offered retail mixes for the biscuits, including gluten-free and rosemary garlic parmesan variations, but no mixing is needed for the frozen offering. Austin Fuller,, 18 Nov. 2021 This gluten-free recipe benefits from a little advance work. oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2021 Our next course has arrived—wild rabbit and gluten-free gnocchi for Haugen. Noreen Malone, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2021 Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 Its debut product, Air Vodka with Natural Flavors, is not only a sugar-free, carbohydrate-free, gluten-free, impurity-free, high-quality and sustainable spirit. Quora, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 This Saves Lives snack bars are made with real ingredients and are all gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, and all under 180 calories. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 12 Nov. 2021

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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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“Gluten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 gluten (audio) \ adjective

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