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Definition of beer

1 : an alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (such as barley), flavored with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation
2 : a carbonated nonalcoholic or a fermented slightly alcoholic beverage with flavoring from roots or other plant parts birch beer
3 : fermented mash
4 : a drink of beer

Examples of beer in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web The broth gets some additional richness from the addition of a cup of lager beer. oregonlive, "20 Super Bowl chili recipes: Which one is right for you?," 29 Jan. 2020 These tents offer bottled soda along with an assortment of domestic beers. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Going to the Phoenix Open? Here's a party-goers guide to The Greatest Show on Grass," 28 Jan. 2020 In turn, that led to a couple of free beers and a free shot of Jameson whiskey, with a total value of $23. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Answer to Age-Old Question: Where Can I Get Free Food on My Birthday?," 27 Jan. 2020 Alex Rodriguez is now a co-owner and chairman of the Dominican Republic’s Presidente beer. Michael Silverman,, "MGM believes its sports wagering approach is a good bet," 24 Jan. 2020 There's a fundraiser tonight at Champps Brookfield, 1240 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets to Bucks and Brewer games, among other items, will be auctioned off and the bar will donate money from the sale of specialty beers. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why the Bucks are in France, a new brewery and Milwaukee rappers with millions of views and few bookings," 22 Jan. 2020 Two Hearted Ale — widely considered one of the best beers in America — has a 3.97 out of more than 448,000 check-ins. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Bell's Brewery set to release low-calorie Light Hearted Ale on Jan. 20," 10 Jan. 2020 Dozens of Singha beers are passed around, and, inexplicably, an enormous straw hat. Erin Granat, Billboard, "We Toured Southeast Asia With the Ed Banger Crew," 18 Dec. 2019 The Edge of the World Brewery served its first beer in March 2018. The Economist, "Theocracy in America Short Creek starts to move beyond its past as a fundamentalist fief," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of beer

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

History and Etymology for beer

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"

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

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“Beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beer

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


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Kids Definition of beer

: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops

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