\ˈspelt \

Definition of spelt 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an ancient wheat (Triticum spelta synonym T. aestivum spelta) with long spikelets containing two light red flattened grains also : the grain of spelt

Note: Both the plant and the grain are also called farro.


\ˈspelt \

Definition of spelt (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British past tense and past participle of spell

Examples of spelt in a Sentence

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Regulars come for the Pain de Campagne and loaves made of spelt and ancient grains. Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Bantam, Conn.," 20 June 2018 Despite Morocco having failed to capitalise on their ascendancy despite being the aggressor in the Group B match-up, the Portuguese manager admitted his side's performance spelt trouble. SI.com, "Portugal Boss 'Not Happy' With 'Out of Control' Performance in Narrow Win Over Morocco," 20 June 2018 These hot cross buns are made from the perfect balance of wholemeal spelt and rye flour, similar to how my great Polish aunt used to make her brioche. Time, "Weekend Recipe: Healthy Hot Cross Buns for Easter," 29 Mar. 2018 This could be a clever take on Peking duck, with kumquats standing in for hoisin sauce and spelt crepes for the usual pancakes. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Dinner in an almost classical mode, at Mooncusser Fish House," 9 Apr. 2018 Gluten is a term for the proteins found not only in wheat but also in rye, barley, wheat varieties like farro and spelt, and triticale (essentially a cross between wheat and rye). Sophie Egan, New York Times, "How Can Oats, Which Don’t Contain Gluten, Be Labeled ‘Gluten Free’?," 13 Apr. 2018 Streit’s Matzos, a company based in Orangeburg, N.Y., whose history goes back more than a century, has added spelt and organic versions to its line. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Matzo S’mores: Brilliant? Or Brooklyn?," 27 Mar. 2018 The tradition goes back to the 13th century, when custom dictated a prohibition against wheat, barley, oats, rice, rye and spelt, Rabbi Amy Levin said on NPR in 2016. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Are These Foods Kosher for Passover? The Answer Is More Complicated Than You Think," 8 Mar. 2018 To have that followed kind of in rapid succession by these other millers, like Meuer Farm doing emmer, spelt and einkorn. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baking, teaching have proved to be his forte," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of spelt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spelt


Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin spelta, of Germanic origin; perhaps akin to Middle High German spelte split piece of wood, Old High German spaltan to split — more at split

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