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beefeater

[ beef-ee-ter ]
/ ˈbifˌi tər /
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noun
a yeoman of the English royal guard or a warder of the Tower of London.
Informal. an Englishman.
a person who eats beef.
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Origin of beefeater

First recorded in 1600–10; beef + eater
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How to use beefeater in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for beefeater

beefeater
/ (ˈbiːfˌiːtə) /

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