mead

1
[meed]
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Origin of mead

1
before 900; Middle English mede, Old English medu, meodu; cognate with Dutch mee, German Met, Old Norse mjǫthr mead, Sanskrit madhu honey, Greek méthy wine

mead

2
[meed]
noun Archaic.
  1. meadow.

Origin of mead

2
before 1000; Middle English mede, Old English mǣd. See meadow

Mead

[meed]
noun
  1. George Herbert,1863–1931, U.S. philosopher and author.
  2. Margaret,1901–78, U.S. anthropologist.
  3. Lake, a lake in NW Arizona and SE Nevada, formed 1936 by Hoover Dam. 115 miles (185 km) long; 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km).
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Examples from the Web for meads

Historical Examples of meads

  • As soon as Wenlock could approach the governor, he inquired for his friends, the Meads.

    A True Hero

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • "I love Mrs. Lambert," cried Pauline, dancing through the meads.

    Guy and Pauline

    Compton Mackenzie

  • All this meant spring, and spring meant hunting for snowdrops in the Meads.

    Jeremy

    Hugh Walpole

  • Unsurfeiting happiness be his portion in the meads of asphodel!

    Romantic Spain

    John Augustus O'Shea

  • He wallows in doves and coy toyings and modest blushes, and bowers and meads.


British Dictionary definitions for meads

Meads

noun
  1. Sir Colin. born 1936, New Zealand Rugby Union footballer. A forward, he played for the All Blacks (1957–71)

Mead

1
noun
  1. Lake Mead a reservoir in NW Arizona and SE Nevada, formed by the Hoover Dam across the Colorado River: one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Area: 588 sq km (227 sq miles)

Mead

2
noun
  1. Margaret. 1901–78, US anthropologist. Her works include Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) and Male and Female (1949)

mead

1
noun
  1. an alcoholic drink made by fermenting a solution of honey, often with spices added

Word Origin for mead

Old English meodu; related to Old High German metu, Greek methu, Welsh medd

mead

2
noun
  1. an archaic or poetic word for meadow

Word Origin for mead

Old English mǣd
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Word Origin and History for meads

mead

n.1

"fermented honey drink," Old English medu, from Proto-Germanic *meduz (cf. Old Norse mjöðr, Danish mjød, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch mede, Old High German metu, German Met "mead"), from PIE root *medhu- "honey, sweet drink" (cf. Sanskrit madhu "sweet, sweet drink, wine, honey," Greek methy "wine," Old Church Slavonic medu, Lithuanian medus "honey," Old Irish mid, Welsh medd, Breton mez "mead"). Synonymous but unrelated early Middle English meþeglin yielded Chaucer's meeth.

mead

n.2

"meadow," Old English mæd, Anglian med "meadow, pasture," from Proto-Germanic *medwo (cf. Old Frisian mede, Dutch made, German Matte "meadow," Old English mæþ "harvest, crop"), from PIE *metwa- "a mown field," from root *me- "mow, cut down grass or grain" (see mow (v.)). Now only archaic or poetic.

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