leavening

noun
leav·​en·​ing | \ ˈlev-niŋ How to pronounce leavening (audio) , ˈle-və- \

Definition of leavening

: a leavening agent : leaven

Examples of leavening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there is a leavening of sadness that offsets the saccharine and ensures that Ove and his humanity stays in your mind. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Eggs also affect the ratio of dry to wet ingredients, which changes the result even if those eggs don’t play a critical role in leavening. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What Size Eggs Should You Use For Baking?," 18 Dec. 2020 The use of chemical leavenings, as baking powder and soda are called, helped create whole new categories of baked goods. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Banana bread is having a moment," 2 May 2020 Over several decades, though, scones in America have morphed from the traditional British archetype — made with flour, leavening and cream; no butter — to become catch-all breakfast breads, like a free-form muffin without the corset-like liner. Los Angeles Times, "Sqirl’s famous scone recipe is now yours for the baking," 29 Apr. 2020 At various moments in the last 6,000 years, the miracle of natural leavening was discovered. Stephen Jones & Stacy Adimando, Saveur, "The Bread Lover’s Guide to Raising Your Own Sourdough Starter," 30 Sep. 2016 As bread-baking rituals passed from Egypt to Greece and then throughout Europe, tricks and trends were applied to the art of wild leavening, most of which were short-lived. Stephen Jones & Stacy Adimando, Saveur, "The Bread Lover’s Guide to Raising Your Own Sourdough Starter," 30 Sep. 2016 Many use minuscule quantities of yeast; others abandon commercial yeast altogether in favor of the natural leavening in sourdough starters. New York Times, "Chasing the Perfect Slice, Bread and Salt in Jersey City Looks to Rome," 8 Oct. 2019 The wafers have no leavening, and no eggs or sugar. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Many southern cooks make spicy slice-and-bake cheese wafers for all occasions," 16 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'leavening.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of leavening

1626, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about leavening

Time Traveler for leavening

Time Traveler

The first known use of leavening was in 1626

See more words from the same year

Statistics for leavening

Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Leavening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leavening. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on leavening

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for leavening

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about leavening

Comments on leavening

What made you want to look up leavening? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!