[ oo-don ]
/ ˈuˌdɒn /
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noun, plural u·don.

a thick, white Japanese noodle made from wheat flour, often served in soup.



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Origin of udon

First recorded in 1905–10; from Japanese: literally, “wheat noodle,” from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese wū dōng (miàn) “udon (noodles)”
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Example sentences from the Web for udon

  • For dinner, I made a variation of a lazy udon soup I’ve been making off and on throughout the pandemic.

    20 Days of Turkey|Meghan McCarron|December 23, 2020|Eater
  • Genji smiled slightly, and said: "That is a very great compliment; but the Udon tree does not blossom so easily."

  • The soba is a sort of vermicelli made of buckwheat, and the udon a kind of macaroni, solid and not in tubes.

    A Japanese Boy|Shigemi Shiukichi
  • To provide for any among them that did not love sweet things we had the soba or the udon brought to us by their vender.

    A Japanese Boy|Shigemi Shiukichi

British Dictionary definitions for udon

/ (ˈuːdɒn) /


(in Japanese cookery) large noodles made of wheat flour

Word Origin for udon

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