- Clifford Whit·ting·ham [hwit-ing-uh m, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt ɪŋ əm, ˈwɪt-/, 1876–1943, U.S. pioneer in mental hygiene.
- an alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like for a slightly bitter taste.
- any of various beverages, whether alcoholic or not, made from roots, molasses or sugar, yeast, etc.: root beer; ginger beer.
- an individual serving of beer; a glass, can, or bottle of beer: We'll have three beers.
Origin of beer
Examples from the Web for beers
So, feeling “a little loopy” from beers, he sat down and wrote a letter to Santa Claus.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
I paid a visit Istmo Brew Pub and found their beers undrinkable.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
A car pulled up and three men with beers climbed out, Abarca among them.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
The two were seen at a nearby bar, where he purchased two beers.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College
September 28, 2014
There was no way I was going to compete with that, because I knew he could consume 100 beers in one sitting.Cary Elwes, aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’
September 17, 2014
They learned that O'Mally had had two beers, a vast piece of recklessness.The Lure of the Mask
"Step up for your beers, gentlemen," cried the bartender at this moment.The Copper Princess
It is, however, an excellent guide to the beers of West Sussex.Hilaire Belloc
C. Creighton Mandell
The Beers were a gifted family, running out in different directions.Historic Oddities
His beer, to my idea, is the most palatable of any of the Crdobese beers.
- an alcoholic drink brewed from malt, sugar, hops, and water and fermented with yeastCompare ale
- a slightly fermented drink made from the roots or leaves of certain plantsginger beer; nettle beer
- (modifier) relating to or used in the drinking of beerbeer glass; beer mat
- (modifier) in which beer is drunk, esp (of licensed premises) having a licence to sell beerbeer house; beer cellar; beer garden
Word Origin and History for beers
Old English beor "strong drink, beer, mead," a word of much-disputed and ambiguous origin, cognate with Old Frisian biar, Middle Dutch and Dutch bier, Old High German bior, German Bier.
Probably a 6c. West Germanic monastic borrowing of Vulgar Latin biber "a drink, beverage" (from Latin infinitive bibere "to drink;" see imbibe). Another suggestion is that it comes from Proto-Germanic *beuwoz-, from *beuwo- "barley." The native Germanic word for the beverage was the one that yielded ale (q.v.).
Beer was a common drink among most of the European peoples, as well as in Egypt and Mesopotamia, but was known to the Greeks and Romans only as an exotic product. [Buck]
They did have words for it, however. Greek brytos, used in reference to Thracian or Phrygian brews, was related to Old English breowan "brew;" Latin zythum is from Greek zythos, first used of Egyptian beer and treated as an Egyptian word but perhaps truly Greek and related to zyme "leaven." French bière is from Germanic. Spanish cerveza is from Latin cervesia "beer," perhaps related to Latin cremor "thick broth."
Old Church Slavonic pivo, source of the general Slavic word for "beer," is originally "a drink" (cf. Old Church Slavonic piti "drink"). French bière is a 16c. borrowing from German. U.S. slang beer goggles, through which every potential romantic partner looks desirable, is from 1986.