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


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

    • ‘What's the advice that books always give after they tell you to lightly flour your baking surface?’
    • ‘Unwrap the dough, transfer to a lightly floured work surface, and roll until paper thin.’
    • ‘Sprinkle some flour on a clean surface and flour your rolling pin.’
    • ‘Lay the pasta on a very lightly floured work surface.’
    • ‘Cut the dough into two equal portions, flour them lightly, and tuck and shape them into fat cylinders.’
    • ‘Unwrap the dough and transfer to a lightly floured work surface and roll as thin as possible.’
    • ‘On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a thin round and line a flan tin with it.’
    • ‘Turn the stollen dough onto a lightly floured work surface.’
    • ‘Well, when I lightly floured it I still had about 1/4 cup of flour left from the original cup.’
    • ‘Mix until dough comes together; transfer to a lightly floured work surface and finish mixing by hand.’
    • ‘Transfer the dough to a lightly floured cold work surface and set aside to rest at room temperature for five minutes.’
    • ‘I floured the board, and set to work rolling and cutting.’
    • ‘Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 12 rounds.’
    • ‘On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pie dough to 1/8-inch thickness.’
    • ‘Roll out just over three quarters of the dough on a lightly floured work surface and line the flan tin.’
    • ‘Scrape and pour the dough onto a heavily floured work surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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.