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[ohst] /oʊst/
noun, Chiefly British
a kiln for drying hops or malt.
Origin of oast
before 1050; Middle English ost, Old English āst; cognate with Dutch eest Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Good my oast, lend me a pen and inke, for straightway I will write a letter vnto the poore man, and something I will give him.

  • Then, on the other side of the moat there is the farm, with barns and oast houses and stables, or things like that.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • Say, one of you,” cried Joey, “go and lay that old bed out in the oast—one I had last year for kiln-watching.

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for oast


noun (mainly Brit)
a kiln for drying hops
Also called oast house. a building containing such kilns, usually having a conical or pyramidal roof
Word Origin
Old English āst; related to Old Norse eisa fire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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