noun, often attributive
\ˈhwēt, ˈwēt\

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

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After the Civil War, vast fortunes were made from railways, mining, wheat and real estate, a tsunami of new wealth that threatened to overwhelm the Knickerbocker establishment headed by Mrs. Astor. Anne De Courcy, WSJ, "‘What Would Mrs. Astor Do?’ Review: The Arbitress of the Gilded Age," 29 Nov. 2018 The company’s LinkedIn profile says the company was incorporated in 1993 and is a regional importer of rice, wheat flour and sugar and has built up household brands such as Golden Royal Jewel in Singapore. Matthew Pennington, The Seattle Times, "US sanctions Singapore companies over North Korea dealings," 25 Oct. 2018 Even so, there was always an element of freshness and quality that lent these indulgences a healthy spin, like a touch of earthy wheat flour for the excellent blueberry pancakes drizzled with syrup turned indigo with pureed blueberries. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Craig LaBan's first bite of the Delaware beaches | A dining guide," 15 June 2018 The pizza dough is made with imported Caputo-00 soft white wheat flour from Naples, Italy. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New 7 Mile restaurant part of Sheraton revamp in Carlsbad," 14 June 2018 Knead wheat flour, nutmeg, salt, lime, shallot and baking powder with water to form spinner dumplings; poach in soup to order. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Sedky said Monday's delivery includes 5,500 food and flour bags, enough for 27,500 people, in addition to wheat flour, medical and surgical items. Bloomberg.com, "Aid Convoy Enters Besieged Rebel-Held Damascus Suburbs," 5 Mar. 2018 The frozen patties cook crisply in the oven and come mixed with various spices and wheat flour for a slightly crunchy breaded texture. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "4 convenience foods that won't destroy your diet," 2 Mar. 2018 The coating is crunchy and stays crisp, providing all the tactile pleasure of traditional fried chicken dredged in wheat flour. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "Get a glimpse into this beautiful, custom-built Homewood home," 23 Jan. 2018

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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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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


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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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