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beer

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noun \ˈbir\

Simple Definition of beer

  • : an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops

  • : a drink made from roots or other parts of plants

Full Definition of beer

  1. 1 :  an alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (as barley), flavored with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation

  2. 2 :  a carbonated nonalcoholic or a fermented slightly alcoholic beverage with flavoring from roots or other plant parts <birch beer>

  3. 3 :  fermented mash

  4. 4 :  a drink of beer

Examples of beer

  1. Would you like beer with dinner?

  2. The pub brews its own beer.

  3. I'll have a beer, please.

  4. a couple of cold beers

  5. a glass of birch beer



Origin of beer

Middle English ber, from Old English bēor; akin to Old High German bior beer


First Known Use: before 12th century

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BEER Defined for Kids

beer

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noun \ˈbir\

Definition of beer

  1. :  an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops





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