corn·​starch | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch How to pronounce cornstarch (audio) \

Definition of cornstarch

: starch made from corn and used in foods as a thickening agent, in making corn syrup and sugars, and in the manufacture of adhesives and sizes for paper and textiles

Examples of cornstarch in a Sentence

I used some cornstarch to thicken the gravy.
Recent Examples on the Web Place the slices in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, cornstarch and remaining 1 tbsp sugar. Kate Krader, Fortune, 26 Sep. 2021 Add the potato starch or cornstarch and toss until the wings are evenly coated. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 In a saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2021 The bit of cornstarch called for in most recipes will leave you with a great-tasting pie that must be eaten with a spoon. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt., 21 July 2021 Baking powder also includes a hefty amount of cornstarch, which helps absorb moisture to stave off premature reactions, as some of the acids in baking powder are activated in the presence of liquid. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 Mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water and stir into poaching liquid. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 16 Mar. 2021 Add cornstarch to reserved marinade and stir to dissolve. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 15 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of cornstarch

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Cornstarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cornstarch

: a fine powder made from corn (sense 1) that is used in cooking especially to make liquids thicker


corn·​starch | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌstärch How to pronounce cornstarch (audio) \

Kids Definition of cornstarch

: a fine powder made from corn and used to thicken foods when cooking

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