- a widely cultivated cereal grass, Secale cereale, having one-nerved glumes and two- or three-flowered spikelets.
- the seeds or grain of this plant, used for making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock feed.
- rye bread.
- a straight whiskey distilled from a mash containing 51 percent or more rye grain.
- Northeastern U.S. and Canada. a blended whiskey.
- made with rye grain or flour: rye rolls.
Origin of rye1
- a male Gypsy.
Origin of rye2
- a city in SE New York, on Long Island Sound.
Examples from the Web for rye
From cognac to bourbon, rye to añejo tequila, many of our beloved spirits spend years aging in wooden casks.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
The family lived on Park Avenue and in Rye, New York, summered on Lake George and had servants in the home.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
“I have purchased hundreds of barrels of rye and bourbon from them,” John Bernasconi admits when asked about the Indiana factory.Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
July 28, 2014
Rye whiskey has had a tough go of it, and Prohibition and two World Wars certainly didn't help.
Ask your local liquor store and bar for rye, and if they don't have it ask them to order it.
But the aristocracy did not sow this piece with rye, I suppose?
There was rye whisky, there was gin, and there was some sort of French brandy.The Twins of Suffering Creek
Then I shall scream with all my might: ‘Keep away from my rye!’
The rye was reaped, the wheat and oats were harvested, and the flax was pulled.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
If you'll tell me their names I'll tell you where to find them, for I know everybody in Rye.The O'Ruddy
- a tall hardy widely cultivated annual grass, Secale cereale, having soft bluish-green leaves, bristly flower spikes, and light brown grainSee also wild rye
- the grain of this grass, used in making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock food
- Also called: rye whiskey whiskey distilled from rye. US whiskey must by law contain not less than 51 per cent rye
- US short for rye bread
- dialect a gentleman
- a resort in SE England, in East Sussex: one of the Cinque Ports. Pop: 4195 (2001)
Word Origin and History for rye
Old English ryge, from Proto-Germanic *ruig (cf. Old Saxon roggo, Old Norse rugr, Old Frisian rogga, Middle Dutch rogghe, Old High German rocko, German Roggen), related to or from Balto-Slavic words (cf. Old Church Slavonic ruži, Russian rozh' "rye;" Lithuanian rugys "grain of rye," plural rugiai), from a European PIE root *wrughyo- "rye." Meaning "whiskey" (made from rye) first attested 1835. Rye bread attested from mid-15c.