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This page has 28 definitions of flour with English translations in 5 languages. Flour is a noun, verb and adjective. Examples of how to use flour in a sentence are shown. Also define these 43 related words and terms: powder, grind, mill, cereal, grain, wheat, foodstuff, soybean, potato, bread, cake, pastry, standard of identity, bolt, durum, red, fineness, dryness, bran, germ, enzyme, ascorbic acid, sand, flower, globule, mercury, amalgamation, choice, depiction, likeness, virtue, benefit, unparalleled, top, flour, exemplar, example, menstruation, period, virginhood, flor, bouquet, and embroider.
English flour definition
- flower (obsolete)
Spelled (until about 1830) and meaning flower in the sense of flour being the "finest portion of ground grain" (compare French fleur de farine, fine fleur). Doublet of flower. Partially displaced native meal.
The U.S. standard of identity comes from 21CFR137.105.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈflaʊə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈflaʊɚ/
- (Indian English) IPA(key): /ˈflɔr/
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- Rhymes: -aʊə(r)
- Homophone: flower (for people who pronounce flour as two syllables or flower as one)
- Powder obtained by grinding or milling cereal grains, especially wheat, or other foodstuffs such as soybeans and potatoes, and used to bake bread, cakes, and pastry.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
- Everything a living animal could do to destroy and to desecrate bed and walls had been done. […] A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.
- (US standards of identity) The food made by grinding and bolting cleaned wheat (not durum or red durum) until it meets specified levels of fineness, dryness, and freedom from bran and germ, also containing any of certain enzymes, ascorbic acid, and certain bleaching agents.
Durum definitionEllipsis of
- Powder of other material.
- wood flour, produced by sanding wood
- mustard flour
- Obsolete form of .
- 1886, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character. [...] In Two Volumes, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Smith, Elder & Co., […], OCLC 881857478:
- that nobody is wished to see my dead body. & that no murnurs walk behind me at my funeral. & that no flours be planted on my grave.
- (ground material): meal
- (transitive) To apply flour to something; to cover with flour.
- (transitive) To reduce to flour.
- (intransitive) To break up into fine globules of mercury in the amalgamation process.
Globule definitionA small round particle of substance; a drop.
Cornish flour definition
flour m (plural flourys)
Middle English flour definition
flour (plural floures)
- A flower (often representing impermanence or beauty)
- c. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “General Prologue”, in The Canterbury Tales, lines 1-4:
- Whan that Apꝛill, with his ſhouꝛes ſoote /, The dꝛoghte of March hath perced to the roote / And bathed every veyne in ſwich licouꝛ / Of which vertu engendꝛed is the flouꝛ […]
- When that April, with its sweet showers / Has pierced March's drought to the root / And bathed every vein in fluid such that / with its power, the flower is made […]
- A depiction or likeness of a flower.
- Success or achievement in a contest; victoriousness.
- A virtue or benefit; something desirable.
- That which is unparalleled; the top or most superior.
Top definitionThe highest or uppermost part of something. (1 of 26 top definitions)
- Flour (i.e. the best part of a grain)
- A powder; especially one which is white like flour.
- An exemplar or example of a trait or behaviour.
Example definitionSomething that is representative of all such things in a group. (1 of 6 example definitions)
- A woman's menstruation/period.
- (rare) Virginhood; sexual abstinence.
- “flǒur, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-09-25.
- “flǒur, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-09-25.
- Alternative form of
Occitan flour definition
flour f (plural flours)
Old French flour definition
- Alternative form of
- 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 136 of this essay:
- non pasque les flours touchent a la chair nue car ce seroit doubte que les porres ne se clousissent et de fievre putride.
- but not that the flowers should touch the naked flesh because this may cause the pores to shut with a putrid fever.
Romansch flour definition
flour f (plural flours)
Scots flour definition
flour (plural flours)
- to embroider