• noun best-quality barley grains which have been through the malting process and are used in breweries to make beer and in distilleries to make whisky
  • verb to treat grain such as barley by allowing it to sprout and then drying it. The malted grain is used for making beer.


  • masculine Barley which has been germinated and allowed to sprout under warm humid conditions. The sprouting liberates enzymes which convert the starch into a variety of sugars and polysaccharides of which maltose is the most important. heat is used to denature the enzymes and the malt is then dried and crushed. The soluble sugars are extracted with water either for brewing or for concentration into malt extract, a thick brown sweetish syrup.


  • noun a grain which has been prepared for making beer or whisky by being allowed to sprout and then dried