beer

noun \ ˈbir \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

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

  1. Would you like beer with dinner?

  2. The pub brews its own beer.

  3. I'll have a beer, please.

  4. a couple of cold beers

  5. a glass of birch beer

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1brew"

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BEER Defined for English Language Learners

beer

noun

Definition of beer for English Language Learners

  • : an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops

  • : a drink made from roots or other parts of plants


BEER Defined for Kids

beer

noun \ ˈbir \

Definition of beer for Students

: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops


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