What does mustard mean?

Definitions for mustard
ˈmʌs tərdmus·tard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mustardnoun

    any of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica

  2. mustard, table mustardnoun

    pungent powder or paste prepared from ground mustard seeds

  3. mustard, mustard greens, leaf mustard, Indian mustardnoun

    leaves eaten as cooked greens


  1. mustardnoun

    a plant of the genus Brassica or related genera in the family Brassicaceae, with yellow flowers, and linear seed pods.

  2. mustardnoun

    a powder or paste made from seeds of the mustard plant, and used as a condiment or a spice.

    When the waitress brought the food I asked her if she had any Dijon mustard.

  3. mustardnoun

    The tomalley of a crab, which resembles the condiment.

  4. mustardadjective

    of a dark yellow colour.

  5. Etymology: From moustarde (French: moutarde), from moust, from mustum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mustardnoun

    A plant.

    Etymology: mwstard, Welsh; moustard, Fr.

    The flower consists of four leaves, which are placed in form of a crest, out of whose flower-cup rises the pointal, which afterward becomes a fruit or pod, divided into two cells by an intermediate partition, to which the valves adhere on both sides, and are filled with roundish seeds: these pods generally end in a fungous horn, containing the like seeds. To these marks must be added, an acrid burning taste, peculiar to mustard. Philip Miller.

    The pancakes were naught, and the mustard was good. William Shakespeare.

    Sauce like himself, offensive to its foes,
    The roguish mustard, dang’rous to the nose. King.

    Mustard, taken in great quantities, would quickly bring the blood into an alkaline state, and destroy the animal. Arbuthnot.

    ’Tis your’s to shake the soul,
    With thunder rumbling from the mustard bowl. Alexander Pope.

    Stick your candle in a bottle, a coffee cup, or a mustard pot. Jonathan Swift.

    Common mustard seed is attenuant and resolvent: it warms the stomach, and excites appetite; but its principal medicinal use is external in sinapisms. John Hill, Mat. Med.


  1. mustard

    Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant which are ground into a powder and then mixed with liquid, vinegar, water or wine, to form a thick, tangy paste. It is commonly used as a spice or a dressing in various cuisines worldwide. The term "mustard" is also used to refer to the mustard plant itself, which is a member of the Brassicaceae family, and can be used in salads, cooking or for their seeds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mustardnoun

    the name of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica (formerly Sinapis), as white mustard (B. alba), black mustard (B. Nigra), wild mustard or charlock (B. Sinapistrum)

  2. Mustardnoun

    a powder or a paste made from the seeds of black or white mustard, used as a condiment and a rubefacient. Taken internally it is stimulant and diuretic, and in large doses is emetic

  3. Etymology: [OF. moustarde, F. moutarde, fr. L. mustum must, -- mustard was prepared for use by being mixed with must. See Must, n.]



    The Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device or MUSTARD was a concept explored by the British Aircraft Corporation around 1968 for launching payloads weighing as much as 5,000 lb. into orbit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mustard

    mus′tard, n. a plant of the genus Brassica, formerly classed as Sinapis, having a pungent taste: the seed thereof ground and used as a seasoning for meat, as a plaster, &c.—French mustard, mustard prepared for table by adding salt, sugar, vinegar, &c.; Wild mustard, the charlock. [O. Fr. mostarde (Fr. moutarde)—L. mustum, must.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mustard is ranked #19075 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mustard surname appeared 1,427 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mustard.

    95% or 1,356 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mustard in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mustard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of mustard in a Sentence

  1. Brittney Berry:

    The managers told me to put mustard on it, but I ended up having to get rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, fight for $15.

  2. Mahabharata:

    An evil-minded man is quick to see His neighbour's faults, though small as mustard seed; But when he turns his eyes towards his own, Though large as bilva fruit, he none descries.

  3. Tom Aikens:

    There are so many variations of mac and cheese you can have -- mustard or no mustard, different toppings you can put on. But I don't like to deviate too far from the original because once you start adding too much, you take away the plainness of a mac and cheese in white sauce, i like to keep it as simple and true as possible.

  4. Chico Marx:

    Mustard's no good without roast beef.

  5. Barry Levenson:

    We have the world's largestcollection of mustards (more than6,400) and mustard memorabilia, the mustards in the museum represent all 50 states and more than 80 countries. The few Russian mustards in the collection are, for the most part, very old and are not even being made these days (I began collecting mustards in 1986).They are, like all mustards, a part of mustard history.

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