noun, often capitalized
beef·​eat·​er | \ ˈbēf-ˌē-tər How to pronounce beefeater (audio) \

Definition of beefeater

1 : a yeoman of the guard that forms part of an English monarch's train on state occasions
2 : a warder of the tower of London uniformed like a beefeater

Examples of beefeater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were said to have feasted on roast beef every Sunday after church, and soon came to be known as beefeaters. New York Times, 17 May 2018 One such classic, the Briar Patch, is a swirl of beefeater gin, blackberry cordial and lemon. Elaine Coorens,, 11 May 2017 In the 1990s, a prion disorder called mad cow disease jumped from cattle to humans, appearing as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and killing about 130 young beefeaters so far, most of them in Great Britain. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of beefeater

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beefeater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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