\ˈmȯlt \

Definition of malt 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : grain (such as barley) softened by steeping in water, allowed to germinate, and used especially in brewing and distilling


malted; malting; malts

Definition of malt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to convert into malt

2 : to make or treat with malt or malt extract

intransitive verb

1 : to become malt

2 : to make grain into malt

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malty \ ˈmȯl-​tē \ adjective

Examples of malt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brewery Lofts, the conversion of the former Pabst malt house and grain warehouse into 118 apartments on seven floors at 1009 W. Juneau Ave. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Milwaukee's Hyatt Place opens as former Pabst brewery redevelopment continues," 26 June 2018 Nile Zacherle, who makes the idiosyncratic Mad Fritz beers, established a malt house next to his St. Helena brewery in 2016. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Rake is a temple to beer’s most important ingredient: malt," 1 May 2018 Lee's also offers over 35 shake and malt flavors from root beer to cherry dip. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cool down with custard...or soft serve? Here are two places in the Milwaukee suburbs that do it right.," 30 May 2018 The ale also features cocoa nibs, which is noticeable as more than just a generic chocolate or chocolate malt flavor. Todd Haefer, The (appleton, USA TODAY, "Beer Man: Ommegang Candi Stout gets sweet right," 8 Apr. 2018 With a delicate malt flavor and pleasant hint of fruitiness, this beautifully layered whisky is a perfect starting point for drinkers new to the category. Dan Q. Dao, GQ, "Japanese Whisky: A Guide for the Thirsty and Curious," 2 Apr. 2018 The only misses are the Dillon’s DD, an ESB that has too much caramel and dark fruit flavor from a specialty malt, and the Applewhite IPA, which has a lot of butterscotch flavor from diacetyl. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s Künstler Brewing a good choice for good beer," 11 Jan. 2018 Is there anything better in life than a Culver’s double cheeseburger and chocolate marshmallow malt. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: Former MGIC CEO Curt Culver shares secrets to career happiness," 29 June 2018 Banana splits, malts, shakes, sundaes, fried bananas and funnel cakes — in several flavors — are also available. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Fog, flowers, more crazy shakes: What's new and offbeat in DFW ice-cream shops," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brewing relies on grains, typically malted barley, which are first soaked in hot water. Larissa Zimberoff, New York Times, "From Brewery to Bakery: A Flour That Fights Waste," 25 June 2018 Rotating flavors include Mexican hot chocolate, butterscotch bourbon pecan, malted vanilla, and blood orange sorbet. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The best Chicago spots to pick up your last-minute Mother's Day gifts," 8 May 2017 His favorite flavor is chocolate malted krunch, studded with malt balls and chocolate bits. Samantha Masunaga,, "Thrifty ice cream — a portal to childhood — is being sold to Albertsons. What does that mean for its future?," 18 May 2018 Tom's brother-in-law in North Carolina has been malting for several years, and the Thatchers learned the trade. Marc Bona,, "West Branch Malts celebrates opening, offers breweries an 'all-Ohio' option," 8 May 2018 Before Admiral, California breweries had only a couple of options for malt purveyors, all large-scale and industrial, malting their grains in enormous steel tanks. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Rake is a temple to beer’s most important ingredient: malt," 1 May 2018 The grassy notes in the finish stem from the corn, rye, and malted barley grain recipe. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "A bourbon tasting game will amp up your Kentucky Derby party," 11 Apr. 2018 Bard's Sorghum Malt Beer Another gluten-free option, Bard's beer is made with malted sorghum for a sweet flavor that has only 155 calories per bottle. Madison Fraser, Redbook, "11 Low-Calorie Beers You Should Actually Be Drinking On St. Patty's Day," 2 Feb. 2017 He and his wife Jeanette, owners of Hudson Valley Malt, cultivate traditional floor malted grains, a missing link in New York state’s grain supply chain. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "Hudson Valley beer is a taste of New York state," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of malt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for malt


Middle English, from Old English mealt; akin to Old High German malz malt, Old English meltan to melt

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English Language Learners Definition of malt

: grain and especially barley that is soaked in water and used in making alcoholic drinks (such as beer and whiskey)


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Kids Definition of malt

1 : grain and especially barley soaked in water until it has sprouted


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Medical Definition of malt 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: grain softened by steeping in water, allowed to germinate, and used especially in brewing and distilling

Medical Definition of MALT (Entry 2 of 2)

mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue

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