variants or oasthouse
: a usually conical kiln used for drying hops, malt, or tobacco

Examples of oast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The estate was originally owned by Guinness for farming hops, and America and Nick live in the original oast house. Lauren Burvill, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 May 2022

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Word History


Middle English ost, from Old English āst; akin to Middle Dutch eest kiln, Latin aestus heat, aestas summer — more at edify

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Oast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oast. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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