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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Stadium’s label lists vinegar, water, #1 mustard seed, salt, and red pepper. Brenda Cain, cleveland.com, "Stadium Mustard honored for 50th year by National Mustard Museum on, what else, National Mustard Day," 3 Aug. 2019 Any Catholic with half a brain and faith the size of a mustard seed should believe quite firmly that the Church is the only healthy place for her soul. Declan Leary, National Review, "What America Magazine Gets Wrong about the Mass," 24 July 2019 In a 2-quart stainless steel saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, mustard seeds and peppercorns. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019 The $29 sea bass moistened with a sauce including yellow mustard seeds is also very good, if not the same eye candy. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Commonwealth Indian is dressed to thrill in Rockville," 26 June 2019 Bits of celery add crunch, as do pops of mustard seed. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Jammy egg salad — a moist, more intensely eggy variation on the classic," 18 June 2019 In a small saucepan, combine vinegar with 1/2 c. water and garlic, salt, sugar, mustard seed, and coriander seed, and bring to a boil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pickled Carrots," 20 May 2019 This is because there is nothing in the fridge besides yellow mustard, pickles, and Miller Lite. Steve Trumpeter, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: A Pamphlet for This," 20 July 2019 In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon zest and juice, mustard, and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper; stir in shallots. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Marinated Summer Squash Salad," 19 July 2019

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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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