rye

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noun (1)

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

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noun (2)

: a male member of the Roma

Examples of rye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The whiskeys included encompass many different styles in the category, ranging from bourbon to Danish rye to Australian single malt. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 This makes a good main dish for vegans (use kosher rye, which excludes dairy). Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 Trying to help, Tituba made the cake per the exact recipe, which called for urine to be combined with rye meal. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 31 Oct. 2023 The rye flour created a much wider diversity of bacteria than any other type of flour the team studied with over 30 types of bacteria at maturity. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2023 The mixture must be at least 51 percent corn and should contain wheat, rye, and malted barley. Emily Bingham, Travel + Leisure, 23 Oct. 2023 This custom-made, clay vessel is versatile enough for any type of dough, from wet doughs like rye to classics like peasant bread. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 27 Sep. 2023 New York City is home to many iconic foods: pizza, cheesecake, street pretzels, pastrami on rye. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 That means this particular release was made from one rye harvest grown in one field on one farm using a 10-step process. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

borrowed from Welsh Romani raj "lord, gentleman," going back to an Old Indo-Aryan cognate of Sanskrit rā́jan- "king" — more at royal entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1851, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rye. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

rye

noun
ˈrī
1
: a hardy annual cereal grass widely grown for grain and as a cover crop
also : its seeds
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3
: whiskey distilled from rye or from rye and malt

Medical Definition

rye

noun
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

Geographical Definition

Rye

geographical name

town in East Sussex, southeastern England population 4800

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