noun (1)
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Definition of rye

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a hardy annual grass (Secale cereale) that is widely grown for grain and as a cover crop
2 : the seeds of rye
3 : rye bread


noun (2)

Definition of rye (Entry 2 of 3)

: a male Gypsy


geographical name
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Definition of Rye (Entry 3 of 3)

town in East Sussex, southeastern England population 4800

First Known Use of rye

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rye

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English ryge; akin to Old High German rocko rye, Lithuanian rugys

Noun (2)

Romany rai gentleman, master, from Sanskrit rājan king — more at royal

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Kids Definition of rye

: a hardy cereal grass grown especially for its edible seeds that are used in flour and animal feeds


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Medical Definition of rye

1 : a hardy annual grass (Secale cereale) that is widely grown for grain and as a cover crop
2 : the seeds of rye used for bread flour, whiskey manufacture, feed for farm animals (as poultry), and especially formerly in the roasted state as a coffee substitute

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