: a carbonated, fermented alcoholic beverage that is usually made from malted cereal grain (especially barley), is flavored with hops, and typically contains less than a 5% alcohol content compare ale, craft beer, lager entry 1, malt liquor sense 2
: a carbonated nonalcoholic or a fermented slightly alcoholic beverage with flavoring from roots or other plant parts
birch beer
: fermented mash
: a drink of beer

Example Sentences

Would you like beer with dinner? The pub brews its own beer. I'll have a beer, please. a couple of cold beers a glass of birch beer
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Word History


Middle English ber, going back to Old English bēor, akin to Old High German bior "beer," Old Norse bjórr; perhaps all going back to a dissimilated form of Germanic *breura-, a nominal derivative of *brewwan- "to brew entry 1"

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beer was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops
: a nonalcoholic drink made from roots or other parts of plants
birch beer
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