root beer

  1. a carbonated beverage flavored with syrup made from the extracted juices of roots, barks, and herbs that have been fermented with sugar and yeast.

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Origin of root beer

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby root beer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use root beer in a sentence

  • The first thing we did was to bury our bottle of root-beer in a pool up to its neck and mark the place with two white stones.

    Us and the Bottleman | Edith Ballinger Price
  • Bottles of root-beer and ginger ale mingled with sarsparilla in forming a shower of cooling drinks.

  • So far as the young people were concerned, the root-beer went much more rapidly than the boneset.

    Winter Fun | William O. Stoddard
  • In a few minutes he was able to go with his friends and show them where the root-beer and soda-water bottles were hidden.

    The Wizard of the Sea | Roy Rockwood

British Dictionary definitions for root beer

root beer

  1. US and Canadian an effervescent drink made from extracts of various roots and herbs

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