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[beef-ee-ter] /ˈbifˌi tər/
a yeoman of the English royal guard or a warder of the Tower of London.
Informal. an Englishman.
a person who eats beef.
Origin of beefeater
First recorded in 1600-10; beef + eater Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So they would have stood forever, if the beefeater hadn't come in and commanded them, in the queen's name, to drop their weapons.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • The beefeater before the door of the Lady Mary's lodgings spat upon the ground when he had passed.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for beefeater


a nickname often applied to the Yeomen of the Guard and the Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beefeater

"warder of the Tower of London," 1670s, a contemptuous reference to well-fed servants of the royal household; the notion is of "one who eats another's beef" (cf. Old English hlaf-æta "servant," literally "loaf-eater").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beefeater



An Englishman; limey

[1600s+; fr the preeminence of beef, esp roast beef, in the traditional English diet]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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