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

Examples of malt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The best way to snag fresh malt and yeast is to order them from your local homebrew supply store. Parker Hall, Wired, "Everything You Need To Make Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead," 11 July 2020 Hales also provides malt vinegar, a hallmark of British-style fish and chips. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Fish and chips pop-up back again at Zingerman's Cornman Farms," 10 July 2020 Look for game trails and fresh elk droppings, which look like chocolate malt balls, a sign the elk are in the vicinity. Tom Stienstra,, "Want to watch an elk calf being born? Grizzly Island offers rare sight," 26 June 2020 In a separate bowl, dissolve the malt syrup in the water and add the shortening. cleveland, "Homemade crackers: Who needs a box?," 25 June 2020 No, there will not be community squeeze bottles of ketchup or glass jars, encrusted with oily fingerprints, of malt vinegar. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Old Monk and The Skellig reopen with ‘parklet’ seating and other updates," 11 June 2020 Weathered Soul provided the base recipe, which features a grain bill of caramel, dark chocolate, black malt, and flaked oats, developed to highlight the different hues and shades of black. Shauna Stuart |, al, "Ghost Train to release stout as part of “Black is Beautiful” brewing collaboration," 6 June 2020 Some of Read and Panzica's personal go-to's include a dirty gin martini, Moscow mule, single-malt scotch, high-end tequila and bourbon. Matt Wake |, al, "New rooftop bar coming to downtown Huntsville," 23 Mar. 2020 The industry expects the 25% tariff on single-malt exports will reduce sales by 20% in the U.S. over the next year. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Scottish Town Lands on Front Line of U.S. Trade Dispute," 19 Jan. 2020 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, "Archaeologists find a way to look for ancient beer," 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,, "The Chronicle’s expert guide to 2020 SF Beer Week events," 31 Jan. 2020 This crisply hopped ale is brewed from barley grown in Maine and malted in South Egremont., "420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; 413-528-8282; Opens daily 11:30 a.m., closes Sunday 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. Sampler flight $5.85.," 18 Sep. 2019 Given its ideal climate for malting, Tassie’s Whisky Trail is a good place to start. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "What makes Tasmania an outdoor lover’s dream?," 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, "SpaceX Dragon docks with space station, delivering 'mighty mice' and a space robot," 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, "Archaeologists Crack the Case of 1,700-Year-Old Roman Eggs," 9 Dec. 2019 The barley grains were sent into space for a beer-malting experiment by Anheuser-Busch. Fox News, "Beer in orbit: Why space is the next frontier for alcohol," 7 Dec. 2019 In addition, there are barley grains aboard the Dragon for a beer-malting experiment by Anheuser-Busch. Washington Post, "SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and ‘mighty mice’," 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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18 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Malt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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