beer

[beer]

noun

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.

Nearby words

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  7. beer belly,
  8. beer bust,
  9. beer engine,
  10. beer garden

Origin of beer

before 1000; Middle English bere, Old English bēor; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German bior, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch bēr, Dutch, German Bier (Old Norse bjōrr, probably < OE); of disputed and ambiguous orig.

Can be confusedbeer bier

Beer

[beer]

noun

Thomas,1889–1940, U.S. author.
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British Dictionary definitions for beer

beer

noun

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 for beer

Old English beor; related to Old Norse bjōrr, Old Frisian biār, Old High German bior

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Word Origin and History for beer

beer

n.
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