Malt definition

môlt
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.
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A beverage or liquor made from malt, esp. beer, ale, or the like.
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Made with malt.
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To change (barley, etc.) into malt or something maltlike.
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Malted grain (sprouted grain) (usually barley), used in brewing and otherwise.
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Malt liquor, especially malt whisky.
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(US) Short for "malted milk shake", a milkshake with malted milk powder added for flavor.
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Maltose-rich sugar derived from malted grain.
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To convert a cereal grain into malt by causing it to sprout (by soaking in water) and then halting germination (by drying with hot air) in order to develop enzymes that can break down starches and proteins in the grain.
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Grain, usually barley, that has been allowed to sprout, used chiefly in brewing and distilling.
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An alcoholic beverage, such as beer or ale, brewed from malt.
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To process (grain) into malt.
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To treat or mix with malt or a malt extract.
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To become malt.
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To treat or prepare (milk, etc.) with malt or malt extract.
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To be changed into malt or something maltlike.
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To change barley, etc. into malt.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
malt
Plural:
malts

Origin of malt

  • Middle English from Old English mealt mel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English mealt, malt, from Proto-Germanic *maltą. Cognate with Dutch mout, German Malz, Swedish malt. The Proto-Germanic noun is likely a borrowing from Proto-Slavic *malta; compare Ukrainian молот (mólot), Czech mláto.

    From Wiktionary