mustard

noun
mus·tard | \ˈmə-stərd \

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 \-stər-dē \ adjective

Examples of mustard in a Sentence

Would you like some mustard on your hot dog?

Recent Examples on the Web

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, the ½ cup olive oil, capers, salt and pepper. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 Today Vail barters garden produce such as kale, lettuce, mustard, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini with the Potato for food. Nathaniel Wilder, Smithsonian, "A Daring Journey Into the Big Unknown of America’s Largest National Park," 18 Apr. 2018 Serve: Remove the pot from the heat, stir in the parsley and mustard, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and serve. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "This Is Cleveland: Michael Symon's smoked meat stew (recipe)," 11 Apr. 2018 Regional variations use egg as an emulsifier and add an acidic note from lemon juice or mustard. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How to make your own aioli sauce," 13 July 2018 Prepare the sauce, whisking together sour cream, mayonnaise, Parmesan, lemon zest, Tabasco, grated onion and mustard. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 In the classic preparation, steak is flattened with a mallet and doused with a sauce that contains butter, stock, mustard of foreign origin, chives or shallots, Worcestershire sauce and some flambé-friendly spirit—Cognac, preferably. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, "Steak Diane: So Retro, So Right Now," 7 June 2018 The accompaniments were stone-ground mustard, pickled radishes, peppers and slightly spicy apricots, homemade cream cheese and toast. Ina Pinkney, chicagotribune.com, "Interurban Boathouse, Frunchroom and Coffee Joint: Ina's best bets for breakfast this month," 23 May 2018 Add red bell peppers, red onions, celery, garlic, serrano chile, mustard seeds, bay leaves and thyme, and cook until soft, 3-5 minutes. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 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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Phrases Related to mustard

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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 \

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 \

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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