- barley or other grain softened by soaking in water until it sprouts and then kiln-dried: used for brewing and distilling certain alcoholic beverages or liquors
- a beverage or liquor made from malt, esp. beer, ale, or the like
- ☆ Informal malted milk
Origin of maltMiddle English malte ; from Old English mealt, akin to German malz ; from Indo-European an unverified form mel-d, soft ; from base an unverified form mel-, to crush, grind from source melt, mill
- to change (barley, etc.) into malt or something maltlike
- to treat or prepare (milk, etc.) with malt or malt extract
- to be changed into malt or something maltlike
- to change barley, etc. into malt
- Grain, usually barley, that has been allowed to sprout, used chiefly in brewing and distilling.
- An alcoholic beverage, such as beer or ale, brewed from malt.
- See malted milk.
verbmalt·ed, malt·ing, malts
- To process (grain) into malt.
- To treat or mix with malt or a malt extract.
Origin of maltMiddle English, from Old English mealt; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present malts, present participle malting, simple past and past participle malted)