\ˈpāst \

Definition of paste 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a dough that contains a considerable proportion of fat and is used for pastry crust or fancy rolls

b : a confection made by evaporating fruit with sugar or by flavoring a gelatin, starch, or gum arabic preparation

c : a smooth food product made by evaporation or grinding tomato paste almond paste

d : a shaped dough (such as spaghetti or ravioli) prepared from semolina, farina, or wheat flour

2 : a soft plastic mixture or composition: such as

a : a preparation usually of flour or starch and water used as an adhesive or a vehicle for mordant or color

b : clay or a clay mixture used in making pottery or porcelain

3 : a brilliant glass of high lead content used for the manufacture of artificial gems


verb (1)
pasted; pasting

Definition of paste (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to adhere by or as if by paste : stick

2 : to cover with something pasted on

3 : to put (something copied or cut from a computer document) into another part of the document or into another document or program


verb (2)
pasted; pasting

Definition of paste (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to strike hard at

2 : to beat or defeat soundly pasted their opponents 42–0

Examples of paste in a Sentence


Stir the flour and water to a paste. The children used paste and construction paper to make Mother's Day cards. a cake with an almond paste filling Stir the ingredients to form a paste.
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First Known Use of paste


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paste


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pasta dough, paste

Verb (2)

alteration of baste

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The first known use of paste was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of paste

: a soft, wet mixture of usually a powder and a liquid

: a type of glue that is used to make things stick together

: a soft, smooth food that is made by grinding something (such as tomatoes or nuts) into very small pieces


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Kids Definition of paste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mixture of flour or starch and water used for sticking things together

2 : a soft smooth thick mixture tomato paste Mix cement and water into a paste.


pasted; pasting

Kids Definition of paste (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stick on or together with an adhesive mixture


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Medical Definition of paste 

: a soft plastic mixture or composition especially : an external medicament that has a stiffer consistency than an ointment and is less greasy because of its higher percentage of powdered ingredients

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