- spelled (US)
- (chiefly Britain) simple past tense and past participle of
The form spelt may predominate over spelled in parts of North America with heavier English settlement since the 19th century. One such place is New England and much of Canada, particularly in Atlantic Canada.
From Middle English, from Old English spelt (“spelt, corn”), from Old Saxon spelta (“spelt”); or from Late Latin spelta (“spelt”), from Frankish *spelta (“spelt”); all from Proto-Germanic *spiltō, *spiltaz (“spelt”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pelbʰ-, *(s)pelbʰ-t- (“spelt, spelt meal”). Cognate with Old High German spelza (“spelt”), Modern German Spelz (“wheat-like cereal”), Dutch spelt (“spelt”).
- A grain, considered either a subspecies of wheat, Triticum aestivum subsp. spelta, or a separate species Triticum spelta.
spelt (plural spelts)
- (dialect, Northern England, Scotland) A thin piece of wood or metal; a splinter.
- (metalworking) spelter
- (obsolete) To split; to break; to spalt.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
spelt c (singular definite spelten, not used in plural form)
spelt n (uncountable)
- spelt (grain)
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of spellen
- (archaic) plural imperative of spellen