Definition of mustard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌstəd/


[mass noun]
1A hot-tasting yellow or brown paste made from the crushed seeds of certain plants, typically eaten with meat or used as a cooking ingredient: Dijon mustard [as modifier]: mustard sauce
More example sentences
  • Add the mustard, soy sauce, and chopped parsley and simmer for one minute.
  • Mix half the olive oil with the mustard, honey and soy sauce, and smear all over the steaks.
  • Limit condiments, such as mustard, ketchup, pickles and sauces with salt-filled ingredients.
2The yellow-flowered Eurasian plant of the cabbage family whose seeds are used to make mustard.
  • Genera Brassica and Sinapis, family Cruciferae: several species, in particular black mustard (B. nigra) and white mustard (S. alba), which is commonly eaten as a seedling in mustard and cress.
Example sentences
  • So far they have planted lettuce, cabbage, mustard, beetroot and pawpaw trees.
  • The only vegetables to avoid are any of the cole crops, such as cabbage, mustard or broccoli.
  • Soon he had bought a book, planted annuals and discovered a beautiful spot for growing mustard and cress and radishes.
2.1Used in names of related plants, only some of which are used to produce mustard for the table, e.g. hedge mustard.
Example sentences
  • If early spring crops such as oat are planted, blue mustard must be killed before planting with tillage or a contact herbicide.
  • Common broadleaf winter annual weeds in winter wheat include blue mustard, tansy mustard, tumble mustard, field pennycress, and shepherd's purse.
  • Scout winter wheat fields for winter broadleaf weeds such as field pennycress and tansy mustard.
3A brownish yellow colour: [as modifier]: a mustard sweater
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  • There is plenty of heavy bridal and occasion wear in bright fuchsias and shaded hues of mustard and magenta, aqua and greens and traditional kumkum red.
  • Colours like orange, mustard and red, which are in fashion these days, dominate.
  • And drunkards must always appear in mustard and purple (though strangely some of the people paying for the pictures are depicted in mustard and purple).



Example sentences
  • The huge, tender perfectly cooked chop was served on the bone, next to fresh sauerkraut with a mustardy tang.
  • Not as mustardy as the French version, but delicious nevertheless.
  • It was splendid, served on a bed of crisp endive garnished with pink peppercorns and a hot, sweet mustardy dressing.


Middle English: from Old French moustarde, from Latin mustum 'must' (mustard being originally prepared with grape must).

Words that rhyme with mustard

bustard, custard

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Line breaks: mus|tard

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