From Middle English whete, from Old English hwǣte, from Proto-Germanic *hwaitijaz (compare West Frisian weet, Dutch weit, Low German Weten, German Weizen, Danish hvede, Swedish vete, Icelandic hveiti), from *hwītaz (“white”). More at white. For semantic development, compare Welsh gwenith (“wheat”), from gwenn (“white”).
- (countable) any of several cereal grains, of the genus Triticum, that yields flour as used in bakery.
- (uncountable) a light brown colour, like that of wheat.
wheat (not comparable)
- wheaten, of a light brown colour, like that of wheat.