\ ˈbir How to pronounce beer (audio) \

Definition of beer

1 : 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
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 beer garden is located at 40 Brattle St. in Cambridge and opens from 2-10 p.m. on Saturdays., 9 Sep. 2021 The large open bus shelters remain, also, in the central clearing that on Friday becomes a family zone and beer garden. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 Highlights include live entertainment, cornhole tournament, beer garden (Rincon Brewery), food (Optimist Club), games, pie and watermelon eating contest, cake walk and live auction. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 The beer garden is scheduled to be open from noon to 8 p.m. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Sep. 2021 An outdoor beer garden starts serving at 3 p.m. and doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at Anchorage News, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2021 Ferus on 41st, a beer garden and restaurant from Ferus Artisan Ales in Trussville, is set to open in Avondale in the former Fancy’s on Fifth space. Shauna Stuart |, al, 30 Aug. 2021 The Ginger Man: With more than 100 beers available, this casual spot has a spacious beer garden that’s perfect for pups. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 Empirical Brewery hosts the beer garden with Beard and Belly and Rewired offering up dining options. Holly Baumbach,, 26 Aug. 2021

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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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“Beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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


\ ˈbir How to pronounce beer (audio) \

Kids Definition of beer

: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops


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