Definition of shortening in English:


Syllabification: short·en·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈSHôrtniNG, ˈSHôrtn-iNG


  • Butter or other fat used for making pastry or bread.
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    • 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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