pud·​ding | \ ˈpu̇-diŋ How to pronounce pudding (audio) \
plural puddings

Definition of pudding

2a(1) : a boiled or baked soft food usually with a cereal base corn pudding bread pudding
(2) : a dessert of a soft, spongy, or thick creamy consistency especially : one made from sweetened milk or cream cooked with a thickener (such as eggs, flour, tapioca, or cornstarch) and usually flavored chocolate/vanilla pudding
(3) British : dessert sense 1
b : a dish often containing suet or having a suet crust and originally boiled in a bag steak and kidney pudding

Examples of pudding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One readers likely recommended for the kids menu including a pork or beef BBQ plate, or the homemade desserts like lemon ice box pie, chocolate fudge pie, banana pudding and peanut butter pie. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 7 June 2022 InterStellar, the Mexican-hot-chocolate rice pudding is the standout dessert, according to the Top 50 list. Forrest Brown, CNN, 6 June 2022 Food and Drink Old-fashioned banana pudding gets a hit of chocolate from wafers and a light dusting of cocoa powder just before serving. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 There was also a banana-pudding recipe, handwritten by Elizabeth’s mother. Ryan Katz, The New Yorker, 3 Jan. 2022 Mama gave very specific stirring instructions for baking her rice pudding, which is still a little runny after 2½ hours in the oven. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2022 Her delightful rice pudding starts with premium Acquerello rice cooked in coconut milk and shows up at the table with bruleed bananas, glassy pineapple chips and pineapple-pear jam. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 Queen Elizabeth will soon have her very own pudding named in her honor. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 9 Jan. 2022 Instead of custard, use your favorite pudding, jelly or jam. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pudding

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pudding

Middle English

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“Pudding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pudding. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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pud·​ding | \ ˈpu̇-diŋ How to pronounce pudding (audio) \

Kids Definition of pudding

: a soft creamy dessert

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