noun, often attributive
\ ˈhwēt How to pronounce wheat (audio) , 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

Recent Examples on the Web

With allergens such as milk, eggs, wheat and peanuts so prevalent, every food label must be carefully scrutinized and restaurants extensively quizzed about ingredients. Kay Manning, chicagotribune.com, "Adult-onset food allergies are becoming more common, with women most at risk," 30 Aug. 2019 Think of it like a cousin to peanut butter but one that's school-safe and free from the top eight allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat and soybeans. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sunflower seed butter is an allergen-free answer to nut butters, for baking and more," 30 Aug. 2019 More than a year into the trade dispute, sales of American soybeans, pork, wheat and other agricultural products to China have dried up as Beijing retaliates against Mr. Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Farmers’ Frustration With Trump Grows as U.S. Escalates China Fight," 27 Aug. 2019 First, a gluten refresher: Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat and other grains, such as barley and rye. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Is Wine Gluten-Free? We Asked a Nutritionist," 16 Aug. 2019 Henry Kuiper was a dairy farmer for 25 years who turned to corn, soybeans, wheat and barley on land astride what now are two major highways in Racine. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Henry J. Kuiper, farmer and father of three broadcasters, dies at 94," 16 Aug. 2019 In the 1920s, the wheat and bran cereal became the second product offered by the Washburn Crosby Company, which had previously sold only flour. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The story behind the best-known local jingle in America," 8 Aug. 2019 Milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans are all on the list. Minali Nigam, CNN, "1.5 million people in the US might have sesame allergies. That's more than previously thought," 5 Aug. 2019 Preliminary evidence, reported in the April issue of Nature Biotechnology, shows the strategy works in wheat and a few vegetable species. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "To feed its 1.4 billion, China bets big on genome editing of crops," 29 July 2019

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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.
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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