[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beefeater

  • 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


/ (ˈbiːfˌiːtə) /


a nickname often applied to the Yeomen of the Guard and the Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London
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