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[bev-er-ij, bev-rij]
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  1. any potable liquid, especially one other than water, as tea, coffee, beer, or milk: The price of the meal includes a beverage.
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Origin of beverage

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French beverage, bevarage, equivalent to be(i)vre to drink + -age -age
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liquor, drink, drinkable, libation, cooler, potation, draft, potable

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British Dictionary definitions for beverage


  1. any drink, usually other than water
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French bevrage, from beivre to drink, from Latin bibere
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Word Origin and History for beverage


mid-13c., from Anglo-French beverage, Old French bevrage, from Old French boivre "to drink" (Modern French boire; from Latin bibere "to imbibe;" see imbibe) + -age, suffix forming mass or abstract nouns.

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