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



    BrE BrE//stɑːtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stɑːrtʃ//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a white carbohydrate food substance found in potatoes, flour, rice, etc.; food containing this There's too much starch in your diet. You need to cut down on starches.
  2. 2[uncountable] starch prepared in powder form or as a spray and used for making clothes, sheets, etc. stiff Spray starch on the shirt collars before ironing them.
  3. Word OriginOld English (recorded only in the past participle sterced ‘stiffened’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sterken, German stärken ‘strengthen’, also to stark.
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