Origin of malted

1670–80 for sense “made into malt”; malt + -ed2
Related formsun·malt·ed, adjective




germinated grain, usually barley, used in brewing and distilling.
any alcoholic beverage, as beer, ale, or malt liquor, fermented from malt.
whisky, as Scotch, that is distilled entirely from malted barley.

verb (used with object)

to convert (grain) into malt by soaking it in water and allowing it to germinate.
to treat or mix with malt, malt extract, etc.
to make (liquor) with malt.

verb (used without object)

to become malt.
to produce malt from grain.

Origin of malt

before 900; Middle English; Old English mealt; cognate with Old Norse malt, German Malz; akin to melt1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malted



cereal grain, such as barley, that is kiln-dried after it has germinated by soaking in water
short for malt whisky


to make into or become malt
to make (something, esp liquor) with malt

Word Origin for malt

Old English mealt; related to Dutch mout, Old Norse malt; see also melt
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Word Origin and History for malted



mid-15c., "to convert grain to malt," from malt (n.). Meaning + "to make with malt" is from c.1600. Related: Malted; malting. Malt liquor (which is fermented, not brewed) first attested 1690s. Malted "a drink with malted milk" is from 1945.



Old English malt (Anglian), mealt (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *maltam (cf. Old Norse malt, Old Saxon malt, Middle Dutch, Dutch mout, Old High German malz, German Malz "malt"), from PIE *meld- (cf. melt), extended form of root *mel- "soft," probably via notion of "softening" the grain by steeping it in water before brewing. Finnish mallas, Old Church Slavonic mlato are considered to be borrowed from Germanic.

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Medicine definitions for malted




Mucosal-associated with lymphoid tissue; rare type of lymphoma of the stomach that may be associated with infection by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.MALT lymphoma
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