mustard

noun mus·tard \ ˈmə-stərd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mustard

1 a : 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

mustardy

play \-stər-dē\ adjective

Examples of mustard in a Sentence

  1. Would you like some mustard on your hot dog?

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Origin and Etymology of mustard

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



MUSTARD Defined for English Language Learners

mustard

noun

Definition of mustard for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

mustard

noun mus·tard \ ˈmə-stərd \

Definition of mustard for Students

: 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

Medical Dictionary

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 1, white mustard


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