General English


  • noun a soft fine powder made from ground cereal grains, and used for making bread


  • Finely ground cereal grains, dried pulses and dried starchy tubers, consisting mainly of starch, often treated to remove fibre and oils or modified to change its cooking or baking properties. The term is most commonly used of wheat flour.


  • noun a grain crushed to powder, used for making bread, cakes, etc.

Origin & History of “flour”

Etymologically, flour is the same word as flower. It originally meant the ‘flower’, or ‘finest part’, of ground grain, and hence eventually just ‘ground (and more or less sifted) grain’. The distinction in spelling between flour and flower did not emerge until the late 18th century, and the spelling flower for ‘flour’ persisted into the early 19th century.