What does barley mean?

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ˈbɑr libar·ley

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barley, barleycornnoun

    a grain of barley

  2. barleynoun

    cultivated since prehistoric times; grown for forage and grain


  1. barleynoun

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

    Etymology: 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. Barleynoun

    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.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 16, 2016  

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  1. bleary

  2. barely

  3. bearly

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  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

Examples of barley in a Sentence

  1. Amin Darkush:

    Look at this humiliating scene, people here only ate bread made of barley.

  2. Phin Ziebell:

    A true gluten-free barley variety is a true game changer, there is going to be a massive market for the product.

  3. Darin Friedrichs:

    It’s hard to see how this changes anything. If it was economical to switch to barley and rapeseed meal for rations, then firms would have already done it, the volume of soybeans the U.S. can load in a single day is larger than the yearly global export volume of cottonseed meal.

  4. Sara Haas:

    Intact whole grains that still have the outer layer [the bran], such as farro, freekeh, sorghum, and wheat berries, should be soaked in water overnight to help release the phytates, but this doesn't apply to semi-refined or unhulled types like pearled barley or instant oats.

  5. Thomas Kim:

    Because of the huge stockpiles of corn and feed wheat, the Chinese government is trying to minimize the amount of imports of feed grain such as barley and sorghum, and so domestic users will tap the corn stockpiles.

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