Definition of "rye" []

  • A cereal grass (Secale cereale) widely cultivated for its grain. (noun)
  • The grain of this plant, used in making flour and whiskey and for livestock feed. (noun)
  • Whiskey made from the grains of this plant. (noun)
  • A Gypsy man. (noun)
  • A tall hardy widely cultivated annual grass, Secale cereale, having soft bluish-green leaves, bristly flower spikes, and light brown grain (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The grain of this grass, used in making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock food (noun)
  • Whiskey distilled from rye. US whiskey must by law contain not less than 51 per cent rye (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rye" in a sentence
  • "Steve: the corned beef sandwich on rye is well worth breaking the rules. great fries too!"
  • "I confess I am not a big fan of caraway in rye bread but this seems altogether different and definitely worth a try!"
  • "Rather like the idea of the caraway (I love it in rye bread)."