[ mawlt ]
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  1. germinated grain, usually barley, used in brewing and distilling.

  2. any alcoholic beverage, as beer, ale, or malt liquor, fermented from malt.

  1. whisky, as Scotch, that is distilled entirely from malted barley.

verb (used with object)
  1. to convert (grain) into malt by soaking it in water and allowing it to germinate.

  2. to treat or mix with malt, malt extract, etc.

  1. to make (liquor) with malt.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become malt.

  2. to produce malt from grain.

Origin of malt

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English mealt; cognate with Old Norse malt, German Malz; akin to melt1

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British Dictionary definitions for malt


/ (mɔːlt) /

  1. cereal grain, such as barley, that is kiln-dried after it has germinated by soaking in water

  1. short for malt whisky

  1. to make into or become malt

  2. to make (something, esp liquor) with malt

Origin of malt

Old English mealt; related to Dutch mout, Old Norse malt; see also melt

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