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

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And the beer’s distinctive flavors come from a three-step decoction brewing process and the use of Munich, Pilsner, Vienna and dextrin malts including, occasionally, wheat. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Beer trend alert: The resurgence of Mexican lager," 6 Sep. 2019 Start your day with a choice of English muffin, white or wheat toast to enjoy with coffee. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 4 Sep. 2019 The ballooning gluten-free market means finding substitutes for wheat foods (pretzels, crackers, bread, and more) is not hard these days. Becky Krystal, BostonGlobe.com, "Tips for packing school lunches and snacks in the era of food allergies," 2 Sep. 2019 Includes demonstrations on wheat threshing, sawmill, shingle mill, bakers fan, stationary bailer, chain saw carver, corn shelling and grinding, blacksmithing and more. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in and around Baltimore this week: Madonnari Arts Festival, Baltimore Ukrainian Festival, Maryland Seafood Festival and more," 1 Sep. 2019 Some field crops, including staples such as rice and wheat, are unlikely ever to be suitable for growing in vast stacks. The Economist, "The foody benefits of farming vertically," 29 Aug. 2019 Ironically, Wisconsin transformed from a wheat-growing state to dairy because the latter was supposed to be more stable. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 28 Aug. 2019 But thankfully, there's a way to sort this scientific wheat from the chafe. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Why This New 16-Bit Carbon Nanotube Processor Is Such a Big Deal," 28 Aug. 2019 Among the finds, researchers have discovered the oldest piece of string and the oldest wheat found in the U.K., which pushed back the history of agriculture on the island by 2,000 years. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "An 8,000-Year-Old Platform in Britain Could Be the Oldest Boat-Building Site Ever Discovered," 27 Aug. 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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