noun \ˈmēd\

Definition of MEAD

:  a fermented beverage made of water and honey, malt, and yeast

Origin of MEAD

Middle English mede, from Old English medu; akin to Old High German metu mead, Greek methy wine
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail



Definition of MEAD

:  meadow

Origin of MEAD

Middle English mede, from Old English ̄d
First Known Use: before 12th century


biographical name \ˈmēd\

Definition of MEAD

Margaret 1901–1978 Am. anthropol.


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Alcoholic beverage fermented from honey and water. It can be light or rich, sweet or dry, or even sparkling. Alcoholic drinks made from honey were common in ancient Scandinavia, Gaul, Teutonic Europe, and Greece; they were particularly common in northern Europe, where grapevines do not flourish. By the 14th century, ale and sweetened wine were surpassing mead in popularity. Today mead is made as a sweet or dry wine of low alcoholic strength. Spiced mead is called metheglin.


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