Definition of shortening in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɔːt(ə)nɪŋ/


[mass noun]
Fat used for making pastry.
Example sentences
  • In a stock pot, melt the lard or shortening over medium heat.
  • Supplies of white flour, granulated sugar, and cheap shortening such as margarine all helped to make cake baking popular.
  • I gathered up all of the ingredients for two batches of dough: flour, vegetable shortening, active dry yeast, eggs, sugar, and a bit of salt.

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