[ muhf-in ]
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  1. an individual cup-shaped quick bread made with wheat flour, cornmeal, or the like, and baked in a pan (muffin pan ) containing a series of cuplike forms.

Origin of muffin

First recorded in 1695–1705; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use muffin in a sentence

  • The boys were superintending the baking of a pan of muffins in a sheet-iron oven, while two swinging-lanterns gave them light.

    The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
  • Nor had she said very much more as we had eaten the hot muffins and drunk the tea Kitty had provided.

  • As a specimen of his art, we had him make muffins and tea that evening.

    Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens
  • For a long time I thought it was going to be all tea and muffins and pianoforte.

    Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
  • Mrs. Miller makes the best muffins I ever tasted, and she had some ready mixed, and nothing to do but put them on the griddle.

British Dictionary definitions for muffin


/ (ˈmʌfɪn) /

  1. British a thick round baked yeast roll, usually toasted and served with butter

  2. US and Canadian a small cup-shaped sweet bread roll, usually eaten hot with butter

Origin of muffin

C18: perhaps from Low German muffen, cakes

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