\ 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

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 9th Annual WeHa Whiskey & Spirits Festival, where 250 high-end varieties of bourbon, single-malt scotch, rye, rum, tequila and gin will be available for sampling, will take place on Sept. 24 in West Hartford. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 16 Sep. 2022 Founders Thomas Mooney and Christian Krogstad, who started the distillery in 2004, hosted the whole affair, complete with tastings of their top-shelf American single-malt whiskeys. oregonlive, 26 Aug. 2022 The price of malt, a key ingredient in beer, has doubled, and aluminum costs have jumped more than 50%. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 30 Aug. 2022 The name pays homage to the grinding of malt and cereal into grist in the brewing process, as well as Houstonians' daily grind. Emma Balter, Chron, 23 Aug. 2022 In line with the rest of Jack’s portfolio, malt is fermented using custom yeast strains (grown in the brand’s microbiology lab) and distilled via column copper still. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Garnish with a few whole malt balls and caramelized crispies. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Its aroma had a nice, light roast of the malt and light hops, but lacked richness and depth. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2020 Giving Back: The Deschutes sustainability team just set up a program with a local farmer—who uses the brewery’s spent hops and malt—to deliver fresh veggies each week. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 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 See More

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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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\ ˈmȯlt How to pronounce malt (audio) \

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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