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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Their golden hair shines like wheat in the setting sun. Amber Leventry, Longreads, "Making Peace with Selective Reduction," 29 June 2018 It was named after James Phelan, a 19th century real estate and wheat mogul, around 1906. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Citing racist connection, SF changes Phelan Avenue to Frida Kahlo Way," 19 June 2018 Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the 'gluten-free' foods most of us commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "What We Know About Kelly Clarkson's Thyroid Issue," 8 June 2018 In a country that relies heavily on bread, a shortage of 2.5 million tons of wheat is expected this year. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Drought Adds to Woes of Afghanistan, in Grips of a Raging War," 27 May 2018 In a country that relies heavily on bread, a shortage of 2.5 million tons of wheat is expected this year. Mujib Mashal, The Seattle Times, "On top of war, Afghanistan to face ravages of drought," 27 May 2018 Wichita State Shockers Three straight years of top-5 finishes for the super scary giant pile of wheat. 2. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Ranking all 68 of the 2018 NCAA tournament teams by mascot," 13 Mar. 2018 Here are our favorite local trips: Around the Val d’Orcia The Orcia Valley is a stunning drive—picture clusters of cypress trees, fields of wheat, and undulating clay hills, or crete senesi, familiar from Renaissance paintings. Emiko Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Tuscany That's All About the Food," 26 Feb. 2018 Milwaukee became the largest shipper of wheat on the planet in the early 1860s, Gurda reports. Flowing water powered flour mills, sawmills and other businesses, but flooding disrupted low-lying mills and factories. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 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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separate the wheat from the chaff

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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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