Pronunciation Noun


  1. A grain used extensively in Europe for making bread, beer, and (now generally) for animal fodder. [from 8th c.]
  2. The grass Secale cereale from which the grain is obtained. [from 14th c.]
  3. Rye bread. [from 19th c.]
  4. (US, Canada) Rye whiskey. [from 19th c.]
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 159:
      I bought a pint of rye at the liquor counter and carried it over to the stools and set it down on the cracked marble counter.
  5. Caraway (from the mistaken assumption that the whole seeds, often used to season rye bread, are the rye itself)
  6. Ryegrass, any of the species of Lolium.
  7. A disease of hawks.
Proper noun
  1. A nickname of the given name Ryan.
  2. A small town/and/civil parish in East Sussex, England.
  3. A hamlet/and/civil parish in Hampshire, England.
  4. A river in North Yorkshire, England that flows through Ryedale to join the Derwent.
  5. An unincorporated community/and/CDP in Gila County, Arizona.
  6. CDP in Cleveland County, Arkansas.
  7. A small statutory town in Pueblo County, Colorado.
  8. An unincorporated community in Manatee County, Florida.
  9. A ghost town in Adair County, Missouri.
  10. A town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
  11. A coastal suburban city in Westchester County, New York.
  12. A large town in Westchester County, New York.
  13. Surname

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