Definition of malt in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɔːlt/
Pronunciation: /mɒlt/


[mass noun]
1Barley or other grain that has been steeped, germinated, and dried, used for brewing or distilling and vinegar-making.
Example sentences
  • According to German law, beer can only be brewed using barley, malt, hops, yeast and water - no nasty chemicals are allowed.
  • In 1366 he was exporting large quantities of grain, barley, malt, and ale, and in 1382 a large number of woolfells.
  • Ale was usually brewed in the lord's household, utilising barley malt, though malted wheat or even oats are recorded.
1.1 short for malt whisky.
Example sentences
  • The blend includes Port Dundas grain whisky and malts from Caol Ila and Talisker.
  • That was when distilleries started producing the malts for the discerning whisky buff.
  • Expect a well - chosen wine list and a groaningly good selection of liqueurs and malts.
1.2North American short for malted milk.
Example sentences
  • Milk chocolate is notable for such great flavors as caramel, cream, soda-fountain chocolate malt, milk, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • It tasted like a vanilla malt spiked with aluminum.
  • It might have worked in a smaller dose, but served in a spaghetti bowl, it tasted like a bottle of cough syrup poured over a chocolate malt.


[with object]
Convert (grain) into malt: (as noun malting) barley is grown for malting
More example sentences
  • The barley is malted to convert the starch, or complex carbohydrates, into sugar through a tedious process.
  • TransCon is researching the opportunity to malt alternative grains from the fields of its producers.
  • Before barley can be used to make beer, it must be malted, which involves a natural conversion process.



Example sentences
  • The wheat delivers a dry, light maltiness, while Hallertaun hops leave a background bitterness.
  • Its sumptuous maltiness is tempered by a goodly amount of bitterness and a mouth-filling hop flavour.
  • Although this beer has a fair amount of hops, the caramel maltiness perfectly balances its profile.


adjective (maltier, maltiest)
Example sentences
  • We've used a lot of malt in this brew so it's overpoweringly malty at this stage.
  • The two German-style beers on offer are a light-coloured, fruity, malty lager and a very dark, smooth Munich beer.
  • The roasted coffee came through the malty flavour along with hints of Christmas pudding fruits and a reasonable textured malt finish.


Old English m(e)alt, of Germanic origin; related to melt.

Words that rhyme with malt

assault, Balt, exalt, fault, halt, salt, smalt, vault

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