Definition of flour in English:



mass noun
  • 1A powder obtained by grinding grain, typically wheat, and used to make bread, cakes, and pastry.

    • ‘Add to flour mixture, along with remaining whole wheat flour, salt and honey.’
    • ‘Steep rises in the price of grain, flour, and bread posed serious problems for that vast majority of Frenchmen who were wage-earners.’
    • ‘Flours such as cake and pastry flour, which have a low protein content, tend to produce tender baked goods.’
    • ‘These breads list whole wheat, whole-wheat flour or another whole grain as the first ingredient on the label.’
    • ‘Children learned how to produce wheat, mill flour and make bread.’
    • ‘Basically a mix of refined wheat flour, sugar and dried fruit, there's not much to be said for this from a nutritional perspective.’
    • ‘Using about half white and half whole wheat flour is a good mix for a nutritious light bread.’
    • ‘Reacting to media reports about growing flour prices, Kabil said wheat, flour, and bread prices were approaching the ideal ratio of one to two to four.’
    • ‘I can assure you she gave them no chance to eat wheat bread from her flour barrel.’
    • ‘On January 3, the government discontinued the subsidy on wheat flour, causing flour and bread prices to rise.’
    • ‘A third is basbusa, a baked cake made of wheat flour and soaked in syrup.’
    • ‘One company plans to produce organic noodles and steamed breads from wheat flour obtained by milling organic wheat.’
    • ‘Other reasons for importing the commodity was because of its high quality nature which if blended with the local wheat gives quality bread flour.’
    • ‘Such scones are made from wheat flour sifted with baking powder, mixed with a small proportion of sugar.’
    • ‘People preferred white bread made from wheat flour.’
    • ‘According to The Grocer magazine, sales of flour and bread and cake mixes have rocketed by 14% in the past year.’
    • ‘When a landlord gives them alms, usually wheat flour or grain, a Basdeva sings a song in praise of the family.’
    • ‘If the main ingredient on a multigrain bread is enriched wheat flour, for example, it does not contain whole grain.’
    • ‘It comprises requisite ingredients like khandsari sugar, whole wheat flour, soya protein and drum stick leaves.’
    • ‘Next time you are outside with a fire, make a biscuit dough, a simple one with whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and the like.’
    1. 1.1 Fine, soft powder obtained by grinding the seeds or roots of starchy vegetables.
      ‘manioc flour’
      • ‘The daily quota of manioc flour must be of five level alqueires, placing enough harvesters so that these can serve to hang up the coverings.’
      • ‘Flax seeds, flaxseed flour and flaxseed meal are also good dietary sources of phytoestrogens.’
      • ‘Make sure that you add just enough gram flour so that the vegetables stick together.’
      • ‘The manioc flour produced by this process is usually toasted on large ceramic griddles called budares.’
      • ‘Manioc flour may be used to make a watery porridge which is served as a drink.’
      • ‘Instead, the seed cysteine concentrations were consistently slightly lower for the transgenic seed flour than for the non-transgenic controls.’
      • ‘Long before this, however, Native Americans had used the seeds for flour and the oil in their hair, and the petals for dyes.’
      • ‘One example is the brand's Egg Replacement, which comes in a box and uses potato starch and tapioca flour as a base.’
      • ‘Combine flours (rice, corn & wheat), spring onion and water to make a batter.’
      • ‘Net impact carbs result from replacing wheat flour with soy flour or adding fiber, sugar alcohols or fat.’
      • ‘Traditionally made with manioc flour, this is another thing I have had to improvise.’
      • ‘Least alluring was the sabzi kofta, essentially rather solid balls of gram flour, potato and mustard seed only tepid in the middle, served in a vinegary sauce.’
      • ‘Throughout the southern part of Brazil, large fields of cassava are grown for flour and starch in a manner similar to the way we grow crops in the United States.’
      • ‘The Chamorro people make tortillas of flour from seeds of cycads, which carry potent chemicals such as the neurotoxin BMAA.’


  • 1Sprinkle (something, especially a work surface or cooking utensil) with a thin layer of flour.

    • ‘Turn the stollen dough onto a lightly floured work surface.’
    • ‘Unwrap the dough, transfer to a lightly floured work surface, and roll until paper thin.’
    • ‘Well, when I lightly floured it I still had about 1/4 cup of flour left from the original cup.’
    • ‘Transfer the dough to a lightly floured cold work surface and set aside to rest at room temperature for five minutes.’
    • ‘On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pie dough to 1/8-inch thickness.’
    • ‘I floured the board, and set to work rolling and cutting.’
    • ‘Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface and flour your rolling pin.’
    • ‘Lay the pasta on a very lightly floured work surface.’
    • ‘What's the advice that books always give after they tell you to lightly flour your baking surface?’
    • ‘Mix until dough comes together; transfer to a lightly floured work surface and finish mixing by hand.’
    • ‘On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a thin round and line a flan tin with it.’
    • ‘When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking tin, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.’
    • ‘Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about ten minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.’
    • ‘One hour later I took the first piece out, floured my counter top, and attempted to roll a 9-inch circle.’
    • ‘Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Unwrap the dough and transfer to a lightly floured work surface and roll as thin as possible.’
    • ‘Cut the dough into two equal portions, flour them lightly, and tuck and shape them into fat cylinders.’
    • ‘Roll out just over three quarters of the dough on a lightly floured work surface and line the flan tin.’
    • ‘Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 12 rounds.’
    • ‘Scrape and pour the dough onto a heavily floured work surface.’
  • 2US Grind (grain) into flour.


Middle English: a specific use of flower in the sense ‘the best part’, used originally to mean ‘the finest quality of ground wheat’. The spelling flower remained in use alongside flour until the early 19th century.