malt

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noun

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

malt

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verb

malted; malting; malts

transitive verb

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: to convert into malt
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: to make or treat with malt or malt extract

intransitive verb

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: to become malt
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: to make grain into malt

Examples of malt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
According to Lee's website, the menu includes over 40 flavors for sundaes, shakes, malts and blitzes. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 Sip something special like the Workers Pint American Pale Ale, a crisp brew with a slightly sweet malt flavor, in the taproom. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2024 And fried in a vat full of gluten. Side salad, no croutons, and pray that the dressing doesn’t contain malt flavoring, malt vinegar, or soy sauce. Emily Menez, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2024 Flaky fish with coleslaw, tartar sauce, fries and malt vinegar. The Enquirer, 14 Feb. 2024 For those who want a little kick with their sparkling water there’s Truly Spiked and Sparkling, a low-calorie malt beverage in flavors of lime, grapefruit and pomegranate. Sara Liss, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Heaven Hill’s stocks of bourbon, rye, malt, and wheat whiskey are all found here with varying ages, proofs, and types of maturation. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2024 The fountain also serves phosphates as well as milkshakes, malts and sundaes. The Indianapolis Star, 12 Mar. 2024 Also starting March 7, Starbucks Reserve locations in Seattle, New York, and Chicago will be offering new malt and affogato options: the Caramel Mocha Drizzle Affogato, the Whiskey Barrel-Aged Malt, the Orange Spice Espresso Martini, and the Roastery Affogato Flight. Lauren Phillips, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Mar. 2024
Verb
In the years since, the site was used for malting barley. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2024 The oldest distillery on Islay, dating back to 1779, Bowmore uses peat to malt its barley. Tony Sachs, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 During the 2016 campaign, Trump was mocked for his weight and McDonald’s habit; his standard order, at least back then, was reportedly two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fishes, and a chocolate malted. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 25 Jan. 2024 Malt is a grain, typically barley in baking, that’s been soaked in water and then dried with hot air (a process called malting) so that an enzyme develops which changes the grain's starch into sugar. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 3 Nov. 2023 Beer is typically made with water, malting barley and yeast for flavor, as well as hops, which contain compounds called alpha acids that give beer its unique bitter aroma and affect its quality. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 10 Oct. 2023 According to the Hop Growers of America, Washington state produces more than twice the amount of hops than does the rest of the country; and the USDA says that most domestic barley production — three-fourths of which is used for malting — is in Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. Tony Rehagen, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2023 Springbank is also one of the few distilleries that still does its own floor maltings, meaning the barley is malted and dried on-site instead of being outsourced to one of the large malting houses that supply most distilleries in Scotland. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 18 Aug. 2023 Between water lost in the boil, water used to cool the wort, and water used for cleaning equipment, a brewery could need eight gallons of water to brew one gallon of beer — and that doesn’t include the water-intensive steeping process of malting the grain. Tony Rehagen, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of malt was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Malt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malt. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

malt

1 of 2 noun
1
: grain and especially barley steeped in water and used chiefly in brewing and distilling
2
malt adjective

malt

2 of 2 verb
1
: to convert into malt
2
: to make or treat with malt or malt extract

Medical Definition

malt

1 of 2 noun
: grain softened by steeping in water, allowed to germinate, and used especially in brewing and distilling

MALT

2 of 2 abbreviation
mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue

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