Definition of barley noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɑːli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrli//
[uncountable] Crops
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a plant grown for its grain that is used for making food, beer and whisky; the grains of this plant Feed barley prices are set to rise. Malt whisky is made from malted barley. See related entries: Crops Word OriginOld English bærlic (adjective), from bære, bere ‘barley’ + -lic (see -ly).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: barley