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 spicesb : the seed of a mustard plant used as a spice and in medicine as a stimulant and diuretic, an emetic, or a counterirritantc 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
mustardyplay \-stər-dē\ adjective
Examples of mustard in a Sentence
Would you like some mustard on your hot dog?
Recent Examples of mustard from the Web
Firehouse Subs is known for hot subs piled with steamed meats and cheeses, including the Hook a Ladder (turkey, ham and Monterey Jack cheese with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato and onion) and the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket sub.
In a separate bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon juice and mustard.
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Spread the mustard over the bottom of the tart crust.
At the garden, the Mishras' plot is full of the mustard greens alongside garlic, cucumber and tomatoes.
Flattened out to between three and six inches in diameter, the $10 pork tenderloin is served up on a bun with lettuce, tomato and onion, while fans vary their condiment choices among mustard, mayo, ketchup or plain.
Chefs ceremoniously sliced them open, and an impossible number of quails tumbled out of the animals’ cavities: seasoned with grainy mustard, fragrant with garlic and wet with piggy juices, like something from a Roman feast.
Flavors include cajun, lemon pepper, garlic, teriyaki and honey mustard.
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Origin and Etymology of mustard
Middle English, from Anglo-French mustarde, from must must, from Latin mustum
First Known Use: 13th century
MUSTARD Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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
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