What does barley mean?

Definitions for barleyˈbɑr li

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word barley.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barley, barleycorn(noun)

    a grain of barley

  2. barley(noun)

    cultivated since prehistoric times; grown for forage and grain


  1. barley(Noun)

    A strong cereal of the genus Hordeum, or its grains, often used as food or to make malted drinks.

  2. Origin: barli, barly, from (adj.) bærlic, from bere (confer Scots bere ‘six-rowed barley’), from baraz (confer Old Norse barr), from bʰars- ‘spike, prickle’ (confer Welsh bara ‘bread’, Latin far ‘spelt’, Serbo-Croatian брашно/brašno ‘flour’, Albanian bar ‘grass’, Ancient Greek Φήρον).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barley(noun)

    a valuable grain, of the family of grasses, genus Hordeum, used for food, and for making malt, from which are prepared beer, ale, and whisky


  1. Barley

    Barley, a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain. Important uses include use as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation. In a 2007 ranking of cereal crops in the world, barley was fourth both in terms of quantity produced and in area of cultivation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barley

    bär′li, n. a hardy grain used for food, but chiefly for making malt liquors and spirits.—ns. Bar′ley-bree, -broth, strong ale; Bar′ley-corn, personified as John Barleycorn, the grain from which malt is made: a single grain of barley: a measure of length = ⅓ of an inch; Bar′ley-su′gar, a mixture of sugar with a decoction of pearl-barley, boiled till it is candied; Bar′ley-wat′er, a decoction of pearl-barley; Pearl′-bar′ley, the grain stripped of husk and pellicle, and completely rounded by grinding; Pot′-bar′ley, the grain deprived by milling of its outer husk, used in making broth, &c. [A.S. bærlíc, bere, and suffix -líc.]

  2. Barley

    bär′li, interj. (Scot.) a term used in games in demand of a truce, parley (of which it is most prob. a corruption).

Editors Contribution

  1. barley

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed created and cultivated in various species.

    Barley is used in the making of beer and soup and for various others purposes.

Anagrams for barley »

  1. bleary

  2. barely

  3. bearly


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barley in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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