root beer



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

Origin of root beer

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • 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.

  • It used to be cleaner, but Butsey White blew up with a root-beer bottle and spattered it.

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for root beer

root beer


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