What does barley mean?

Definitions for barley
ˈbɑr libar·ley

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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.

    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. 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.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 16, 2016  

Anagrams for barley »

  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. Tetyana Adamenko:

    There is no reason to expect a good harvest of early spring crops - barley and spring wheat. Probably there will be a crop at the level of average annual values, we had one of the most arid Aprils in our history. We expect some weather fronts late this week and next week but they can only mitigate the situation.

  2. Professor Martin Tangney:

    In the production of whisky less than ten percent of what comes out in the distillery is actually the primary product, the bulk of the remainder are these unwanted residues - pot ale and barley. What we can do is combine these two together, create a brand new raw material, apply a different fermentation technology and convert the residual good material in here into high-value products and in particular this - biobutanol, which is an advanced biofuel which is an exact replacement for petrol or diesel.

  3. 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.

  4. Tuncay Dinc:

    We want to develop products for commodities with physical deliveries, we have started with wheat and we will continue with cotton, corn and barley.

  5. Amin Darkush:

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

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