Definition of “shortening” - English Dictionary

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“shortening” in British English

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shorteningnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈʃɔː.tən.ɪŋ/ us /ˈʃɔːrt.nɪŋ/ US

a type of solid vegetable oil, or sometimes butter or lard (= fat from animals), that is used in cooking, especially to make pastry soft and crumbly (= easily broken)

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“shortening” in American English

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shorteningnoun [ U ]

us /ˈʃɔrt·nɪŋ/

butter or other fat used in cooking, esp. to make pastry

(Definition of “shortening” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)