\ ˈmȯlt How to pronounce malt (audio) \

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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Other Words from malt


malty \ ˈmȯl-​tē How to pronounce malt (audio) \ adjective

Examples of malt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The traditional malt vinegar becomes a velvety beurre blanc. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 Year of the Fish does earn brownie points for its adorable tiny cups of malt vinegar. oregonlive, 17 May 2021 The lager features a deep-gold color with a balanced hop and malt character, and is refreshingly unfiltered for the holiday weekend. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, 4 July 2021 The fundamentals are there — grainy malt with light bitterness and spicy hops. Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 There’s more than just malt, hops, water, and yeast going into some modern craft beer. Hollie Stephens, Fortune, 22 June 2021 His company processed germinated barley into malt, primarily for the brewing industry. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 Wu Yin Vinegar, another major Taiwanese vinegar brand, makes their rice vinegar with Taiwanese sticky rice and malt. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, 29 May 2021 If not, best to move on to a smoke-free Speyside or Highlands malt, which are of course delicious in their own right. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brewing beer is only one reason people might malt grains like barley; throughout history, malted but unfermented grains have also been fed to infants being weaned, taken as tonics, or just eaten as a snack. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 5 June 2020 Grain to glass: Craft malting facility Admiral Maltings will host a special tour featuring farmers, maltsters and brewers to give a sense of the full process of craft beer production, starting in the barley field. Esther Mobley,, 31 Jan. 2020 This crisply hopped ale is brewed from barley grown in Maine and malted in South Egremont., 18 Sep. 2019 Given its ideal climate for malting, Tassie’s Whisky Trail is a good place to start. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, 29 Dec. 2019 The research supplies will support a number of experiments, like a study of malting barley in microgravity to help adapt it for use on long-duration spaceflights and a study of how fire behaves in space. Kelly Mccleary, CNN, 8 Dec. 2019 Per the press release, archaeologists think the pit was originally used for malting grain to brew beer between the second and third centuries. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 9 Dec. 2019 The barley grains were sent into space for a beer-malting experiment by Anheuser-Busch. Fox News, 7 Dec. 2019 In addition, there are barley grains aboard the Dragon for a beer-malting experiment by Anheuser-Busch. Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2019

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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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“Malt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for malt



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)


\ ˈmȯlt How to pronounce malt (audio) \

Kids Definition of malt

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


\ ˈmȯlt How to pronounce malt (audio) \

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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