noun, often attributive
\ ˈ(h)wēt How to pronounce wheat (audio) \

Definition of wheat

1 : a cereal grain that yields a fine white flour used chiefly in breads, baked goods (such as cakes and crackers), and pastas (such as macaroni or spaghetti), and is important in animal feeds
2 : any of various Old World annual grasses (genus Triticum, especially T. aestivum and T. turgidum) of wide climatic adaptability that are cultivated in most temperate areas for the wheat they yield
3 : a light yellow

Examples of wheat in a Sentence

a turkey sandwich on wheat
Recent Examples on the Web Pyu’s dead lie buried still, inside clay jars, beneath this year’s wheat and peanut crops. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller walking the world stumbles across a 2,000-year-old civilization along a fabled river," 4 Nov. 2020 The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 mandates labeling eight common allergens on food packaging: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Allergic Reactions to Peanuts and Tree Nuts Spike 85 Percent on Halloween," 29 Oct. 2020 Before the Beirut blast, the main worry was that the central bank’s dollar deposits would run out, and staples like wheat and fuel would no longer be subsidized. Washington Post, "Lebanon names Saad Hariri as prime minister, almost one year after he resigned," 22 Oct. 2020 Inside, these colorful cans hold Wren House's signature hazy IPA brewed with wheat and oats. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Here are all the Arizona winners from the 2020 Great American Beer Festival," 19 Oct. 2020 Nearly a third of Ethiopia’s population is facing a food crisis despite being on track for a record wheat and corn harvest. James Hookway, WSJ, "Nobel Peace Prize Is Awarded to the World Food Program," 9 Oct. 2020 As the price of staples like wheat and rice jumped to a record high, dozens of poor countries, from Haiti to Senegal, suffered food riots, triggering political unrest and prompting rich countries to worry about the impact of hunger. Lars Erik Taraldsen, Bloomberg.com, "World Food Programme Is Winner of 2020 Nobel Peace Prize," 9 Oct. 2020 In short, no kids wanted to grab snacks at my house, where bulgur wheat and steamed vegetables and bread that looked like horse feed pressed into a block was the norm and Devil Dogs only an occasional indulgence. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Nood Awakenings: Discover some of the 407′s apex carbs," 30 Sep. 2020 Carbs from sources such as corn, wheat and sorghum provide immediate energy for short bursts of energy like sprints, and what’s not used is stored for easy fuel when needed. Brian Lynn, Outdoor Life, "Competitive Performance: The Champion’s Triumvirate," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of wheat

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

History and Etymology for wheat

Middle English whete, from Old English hwǣte; akin to Old High German weizzi wheat, hwīz, wīz white — more at white

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“Wheat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheat. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wheat

: a kind of grain that is used to make flour for breads, cookies, etc.
US : bread that is made from wheat flour


\ ˈhwēt How to pronounce wheat (audio) , ˈwēt \

Kids Definition of wheat

: a cereal grain that grows in tight clusters on the tall stalks of a widely cultivated grass, that is typically made into fine white flour used mostly in breads, baked goods (as cakes and crackers), and pasta, and that is also used in animal feeds

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