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 mustard (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mustard in a Sentence

Would you like some mustard on your hot dog?
Recent Examples on the Web It was also heavily used when Tennessee football fans delayed a game against Ole Miss by launching trash on the field, including a full bottle of mustard. Alberto Camargo, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Then 7-foot-3 Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanović enters the frame and lends a similar hand to Jones with a jar of yellow mustard. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 The Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback is Drew Lock, whom the Denver Broncos tossed into the Russell Wilson trade like an extra packet of honey mustard with an order of chicken nuggets. Mike Tanier, New York Times, 1 May 2022 Single and double hamburgers and cheeseburgers are layered with lettuce, onion, tomatoes and pickles, with an even spread of mustard and mayo. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 26 Apr. 2022 This year, France has been experiencing a Dijon-mustard shortage, in part thanks to extreme weather. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 22 July 2022 Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin says he's signed his fair share of mustard bottles and golf balls since nearly getting pelted with both in the Rebels' win at Tennessee last fall. Nick Suss, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 When Kiffin arrived at SEC Media Days in Atlanta on Monday, a fan asked him to sign a mustard bottle. Creg Stephenson |, al, 21 July 2022 Looper opted for the Manhattan Pup, loaded with sauerkraut, mustard and onions. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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


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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