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, "36 Hours in the Cotswolds," 17 May 2018 One such classic, the Briar Patch, is a swirl of beefeater gin, blackberry cordial and lemon. Elaine Coorens,, "Big Star isn’t the only reason to sign a lease in Wicker Park," 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, "In tracking a lethal family of diseases that threatens humans and animals, scientists have become the hunters," 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 21 Sep. 2020.

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