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noun Also called rye whiskey (for defs 4, 5).
  1. a widely cultivated cereal grass, Secale cereale, having one-nerved glumes and two- or three-flowered spikelets.
  2. the seeds or grain of this plant, used for making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock feed.
  3. rye bread.
  4. a straight whiskey distilled from a mash containing 51 percent or more rye grain.
  5. Northeastern U.S. and Canada. a blended whiskey.
adjective
  1. made with rye grain or flour: rye rolls.

Origin of rye1

before 900; Middle English; Old English ryge; cognate with Old Norse rūgr; akin to Dutch rogge, German Roggen

rye2

[rahy]
noun
  1. a male Gypsy.

Origin of rye2

First recorded in 1850–55, rye is from the Romany word rai

Rye

[rahy]
noun
  1. a city in SE New York, on Long Island Sound.
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British Dictionary definitions for rye

rye1

noun
  1. a tall hardy widely cultivated annual grass, Secale cereale, having soft bluish-green leaves, bristly flower spikes, and light brown grainSee also wild rye
  2. the grain of this grass, used in making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock food
  3. Also called: rye whiskey whiskey distilled from rye. US whiskey must by law contain not less than 51 per cent rye
  4. US short for rye bread

Word Origin

Old English ryge; related to Old Norse rugr, Old French rogga, Old Saxon roggo

rye2

noun
  1. dialect a gentleman

Word Origin

from Romany rai, from Sanskrit rājan king; see rajah

Rye

noun
  1. a resort in SE England, in East Sussex: one of the Cinque Ports. Pop: 4195 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for rye

n.

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.

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