What does flour mean?

Definitions for flour
flaʊər, ˈflaʊ ərflour

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flourverb

    fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain

  2. flourverb

    cover with flour

    "flour fish or meat before frying it"

  3. flourverb

    convert grain into flour


  1. flournoun

    Powder obtained by grinding or milling cereal grains, especially wheat, and used to bake bread, cakes, and pastry.

  2. flournoun

    Powder of other material, e.g., wood flour produced by sanding wood.

  3. flourverb

    To apply flour to something; to cover with flour.

  4. Etymology: Spelled (until c.1830) and meaning "flower" in the sense of flour being the "finest part" of meal


  1. Flour

    Flour is a powder made by grinding raw grains, roots, beans, nuts, or seeds. Flours are used to make many different foods. Cereal flour, particularly wheat flour, is the main ingredient of bread, which is a staple food for many cultures. Corn flour has been important in Mesoamerican cuisine since ancient times and remains a staple in the Americas. Rye flour is a constituent of bread in central and northern Europe. Cereal flour consists either of the endosperm, germ, and bran together (whole-grain flour) or of the endosperm alone (refined flour). Meal is either differentiable from flour as having slightly coarser particle size (degree of comminution) or is synonymous with flour; the word is used both ways. For example, the word cornmeal often connotes a grittier texture whereas corn flour connotes fine powder, although there is no codified dividing line. The CDC has cautioned not to eat raw flour doughs or batters. Raw flour can contain bacteria like E. coli and needs to be cooked like other foods.


  1. flour

    Flour is a powdery substance typically made by grinding raw grains or roots and used to make many different foods such as bread, cakes, and pastries. It serves as a primary ingredient in baking and can be made from a variety of sources including wheat, corn, rice, and oats among others. Its properties, including its protein and gluten content, can greatly affect the structure and texture of the baked goods it is used to make.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flournoun

    the finely ground meal of wheat, or of any other grain; especially, the finer part of meal separated by bolting; hence, the fine and soft powder of any substance; as, flour of emery; flour of mustard

  2. Flourverb

    to grind and bolt; to convert into flour; as, to flour wheat

  3. Flourverb

    to sprinkle with flour

  4. Etymology: [F. fleur de farine the flower (i.e., the best) of meal, cf. Sp. flor de la harina superfine flour, Icel. flr flower, flour. See Flower.]


  1. Flour

    Flour is a powder which is made by grinding cereal grains, or other seeds or roots. It is the main ingredient of bread, which is a staple food for many cultures, making the availability of adequate supplies of flour a major economic and political issue at various times throughout history. Wheat flour is one of the most important foods in European, North American, Middle Eastern, Indian and North African cultures, and is the defining ingredient in most of their styles of breads and pastries. While wheat is the most common base for flour, maize flour has been important in Mesoamerican cuisine since ancient times, and remains a staple throughout the Americas. Rye flour is an important constituent of bread in much of central Europe, and rice can also be used in flour, though this is relatively uncommon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flour

    flowr, n. the finely-ground meal of wheat or other grain: the fine soft powder of any substance.—v.t. to reduce into or sprinkle with flour.—v.i. to break up into fine globules of mercury in the amalgamation process.—ns. Flour′-bolt, a machine for bolting flour; Flour′-mill, a mill for making flour.—adj. Flour′y, covered with flour. [Fr. fleur (de farine, of meal), fine flour—L. flos, floris, a flower.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Flour

    Ground up seed of WHEAT.

Editors Contribution

  1. flour

    A type of food and product.

    Flour is used to make bread, cakes, pastries and pasta.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 9, 2017  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flour' in Nouns Frequency: #2916

Anagrams for flour »

  1. fluor

  2. four L

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flour in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of flour in a Sentence

  1. Maggie Moon:

    Simple carbs, the kind found in sugary, white flour foods like pastries, crackers, and cookies, spike Alissa Rumsey blood sugar levels quickly, then leave them plunging soon after.

  2. Guo Yi:

    The flour is more expensive than the bread, we see increasing risks.

  3. Shelley Case:

    Many gluten-free baked products are made with white rice flour or various starches and contain more fat and sugar to make them bind together and be more palatable.

  4. Mark Bello:

    For example, often pizzerias have their bags of flour stored in view of the customer — if they say ‘bromated’ and/or ‘bleached’ that’s not good.

  5. Jackie Mills:

    If you choose to bake with artificial sweeteners, you lose some volume in a cake ; it doesn't brown as well, it gets stale faster... and things made with flour end up tougher, as sugar is a tenderizer. You're not just getting the sweetness of sugar but other attributes when you bake with it.

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