Main definitions of spelt in English

: spelt1spelt2

spelt1

  • past and past participle of spell

Pronunciation:

spelt

/spɛlt/

Main definitions of spelt in English

: spelt1spelt2

spelt2

noun

  • [mass noun] An old kind of wheat with bearded ears and spikelets that each contain two narrow grains, not widely grown but favoured as a health food.

    Compare with einkorn, emmer
    • ‘Little of the wheat or spelt in New York made baking quality; farmers just couldn't get into the sodden fields to harvest before the grain sprouted.’
    • ‘For loaf breads, grind the millet to a fine flour and then combine it with three times as much spelt, barley, or wheat flour.’
    • ‘In the humid Midwestern United States, wheat should never follow wheat or spelt in the rotation sequence.’
    • ‘Soybeans, corn, wheat and spelt are the focus, along with some dry beans, a little oats, and assorted cover crops.’
    • ‘For those who cannot tolerate the gluten in spelt and wheat, there are gluten-free options.’

Origin

Late Old English, from Old Saxon spelta. The word was rare until the 16th century, when it was readopted from Middle Dutch.

Pronunciation:

spelt

/spɛlt/