mustard

noun
mus·​tard | \ ˈmə-stərd How to pronounce mustard (audio) \

Definition of mustard

1a : a pungent yellow condiment consisting of the pulverized seeds of various mustard plants (such as Sinapis alba, Brassica juncea, and B. nigra) either dry or made into a paste or sauce (as by mixing with water or vinegar) and sometimes adulterated with other substances (such as turmeric) or mixed with spices
b : the seed of a mustard plant used as a spice and in medicine as a stimulant and diuretic, an emetic, or a counterirritant
c slang : zest
2 : any of several herbs (genera Brassica and Sinapis of the family Brassicaceae synonym Cruciferae, the mustard family) with lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and linear beaked pods
3 : a dark to moderate yellow

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Other Words from mustard

mustardy \ ˈmə-​stər-​dē How to pronounce mustardy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mustard in a Sentence

Would you like some mustard on your hot dog?

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Eating turkey-and-mustard sandwiches in the First Presbyterian Church in Albany, the demonstrators of the New York State Poor People’s Campaign are learning how to get arrested. Matt Stieb, Daily Intelligencer, "The Return of the Poor People’s Campaign," 19 June 2018 An even better option is the tangy whole grain mustard sauce with a low spark of black pepper and toasted crunchiness. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Smoke Shack," 4 May 2018 At one point five women in mustard-colored leotards storm the stage. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Ballet's 'Bold Moves' is perfect harmony of performing, visual art," 28 Apr. 2018 Cover the bread with honey-mustard sauce and add some salad greens; top with slices of pork. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 6 Apr. 2018 The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, barley soup, chicken Caesar salad, mustard sauce, red potatoes, carrots, bread rolls and fruit gelatin. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Teen honored for raising awareness," 14 Mar. 2018 During the last 3 minutes of grilling, baste corn with maple-mustard glaze. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Maple-Mustard Grilled Corn with Bacon," 14 May 2011 Combine the mustard, vinegar, and salt in a small bowl. Ina Garten, House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Balsamic Roasted Beef Recipe," 5 Sep. 2010 The burger was presented as prime beef topped with Dearborn brand double-smoked bacon, a fried egg, Pinconning cheese and maple-mustard. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Top 5 burgers to try in metro Detroit this summer," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of mustard

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mustard

Middle English, from Anglo-French mustarde, from must must, from Latin mustum

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mustard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mustard

: a thick and spicy yellow or brownish-yellow sauce that is usually eaten with meat
: a plant with yellow flowers, leaves that can be used for food, and seeds that are used in making mustard
: a brownish-yellow color

mustard

noun
mus·​tard | \ ˈmə-stərd How to pronounce mustard (audio) \

Kids Definition of mustard

: a sharp-tasting yellow powder that is prepared from the seeds of a plant related to the cabbage and is used especially as a seasoning for foods

mustard

noun
mus·​tard | \ ˈməs-tərd How to pronounce mustard (audio) \

Medical Definition of mustard

1 : a pungent yellow condiment consisting of the pulverized seeds of the black mustard or sometimes the white mustard either dry or made into a paste and serving as a stimulant and diuretic or in large doses as an emetic and as a counterirritant when applied to the skin as a poultice
2 : any of several herbs (genus Brassica of the family Cruciferae, the mustard family) with lobed leaves, yellow flowers, and linear beaked pods — see black mustard sense 1, white mustard

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