Definition of mustard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmʌstəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌstərd//
    [uncountable] Sauces
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  1. 1 a thick cold yellow or brown sauce that tastes hot and spicy and is usually eaten with meat a jar of mustard mustard powder French/English mustard Mix together the mustard and olive oil. Spread the bread thinly with mustard. See related entries: Sauces
  2. 2 a small plant with yellow flowers, grown for its seeds that are crushed to make mustard
  3. 3 (British English) the leaves of the mustard plant that are eaten raw in salads mustard and cress (= leaves of white mustard grown with cress) a salad of red mustard leaves and spinach
  4. 4 a brownish-yellow colour
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French moustarde, from Latin mustum ‘must’, ‘grape juice before or during fermentation’. Mustard was originally prepared with grape must.Idioms to (not) be as good as expected or required I didn't cut the mustard as a hockey player. (British English, informal) wanting very much to do well at something; enthusiastic