Definitions for barleyˈbɑr li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bar•leyˈbɑr li(n.)

  1. a widely distributed cereal plant belonging to the genus Hordeum, of the grass family, having awned flowers that grow in tightly bunched spikes, with three small additional spikes at each node.

    Category: Plants

  2. the grain of this plant, used as food and in making beer, ale, and whiskey.

    Category: Cooking, Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of barley:

bef. 1000; ME; OE bærlīc (adj.)

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.

Anagrams of barley

  1. bleary

  2. barely

  3. bearly

Translations for barley

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of grain used for food and for making beer and whisky

The farmer has harvested his barley.

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