Pronunciation: (rī),[key] —n. 1. a widely cultivated cereal grass, Secale cereale, having one-nerved glumes and two- or three-flowered spikelets.
2. the seeds or grain of this plant, used for making flour and whiskey, and as a livestock feed.
3. See rye bread. 4. a straight whiskey distilled from a mash containing 51 percent or more rye grain.
5. Northeastern U.S. and Canada.a blended whiskey.
—adj. made with rye grain or flour: rye rolls. Also called rye whiskey(for defs. 4, 5).