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mustard British & World English

A hot-tasting yellow or brown paste made from the crushed seeds of certain plants, typically eaten with meat or used as a cooking ingredient

mustard gas British & World English

A colourless oily liquid whose vapour causes severe irritation and blistering of the skin, used in chemical weapons

Dijon mustard British & World English

A medium-hot mustard, typically prepared with white wine and originally made in Dijon, France

field mustard British & World English

Another term for charlock.

English mustard British & World English

A kind of mustard made from mustard seeds milled to a powder, having a very hot taste and typically bright yellow in colour

French mustard British & World English

Mild mustard mixed with vinegar

garlic mustard British & World English

A European mustard plant with medicinal and culinary uses that is also an aggressive woodland invader in most of the eastern US

mustard greens British & World English

The leaves of the mustard plant used in salads

mustard plaster British & World English

A poultice made with mustard

nitrogen mustard British & World English

Any of a group of organic compounds containing the group —N(CH2CH2Cl)2. They are powerful cytotoxic alkylating agents and some are used in chemotherapy to treat cancer

cut the mustard British & World English

Come up to expectations; reach the required standard

keen as mustard British & World English

Extremely eager or enthusiastic

cut the mustard in cut British & World English

Come up to expectations; reach the required standard

keen as mustard in keen1 British & World English

Extremely eager or enthusiastic

quinacrine mustard in quinacrine British & World English

A nitrogen mustard derived from quinacrine, used as a fluorescent stain for chromosomes

black mustard in mustard British & World English

The yellow-flowered Eurasian plant of the cabbage family whose seeds are used to make mustard

white mustard in mustard British & World English

The yellow-flowered Eurasian plant of the cabbage family whose seeds are used to make mustard

hedge mustard in mustard British & World English

Used in names of related plants, only some of which are used to produce mustard for the table, e.g. hedge mustard

as keen as mustard in keen1 British & World English

Extremely eager or enthusiastic


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