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 Anheuser-Busch InBev has created a digital twin of its entire supply chain—from the wheat field to the bottle. Kevin Kruse, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The new plate, like the state seal, features a rising sun and a wheat field. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 The corn, soybeans and wheat grown on the western end of Lake Erie wend their way through a series of industrial and natural processes that are the modern food chain to become everything from milk to hamburger to bread to soda sweetener. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Wayman also has a small-batch soy sauce business, Moromi, which makes shoyu with organic soybeans and Connecticut wheat. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2021 His hair stood up, an unplowed harvest, an improbable wheat field. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 And there’s a sense in which Twombly’s work relates to the Old Masters as a field of stubble relates to a golden wheat field in high summer. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 For Jones, his hunting ground of choice was the wheat field. Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2020 There’s just something a bit more satisfying (for me) to set up in a cut wheat field across the highway from a neighborhood pond and shoot 15-pound honkers right in the beak. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 11 Aug. 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 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of wheat

: a kind of grain that is used to make flour for breads, cookies, etc.
: 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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