\ 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 Sometimes the best theme park rides are built on lots of beer, probably even more marijuana and large purchases of pantyhose. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 But the smooth finish and bright flavor of the beer from brew master Tommy Miller backs up this brew’s namesake. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 2 June 2021 Senator West noted that a separate bill passed by the Legislature will allow the sale of beer and wine starting at 10 a.m., two hours earlier than current law permits. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, 29 May 2021 Yoga class led by Hayley Holdridge, plus a pint of beer. Mary Colurso |, al, 28 May 2021 Just getting to that point is an occasion that could be celebrated with say, champagne, although Lisk might more fittingly decide to mark the milestone with a small swig of beer. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 28 May 2021 An officer reported finding an open can of beer in the vehicle. Kimberly Fornek,, 26 May 2021 But Sumner Mormeneo shares his thoughts with the audience through a series of monologues that go on far too long and begin to sound like the 3 a.m. philosophical rambling shared with a college buddy after a few pitchers of beer. Matthew J. Palm,, 21 May 2021 At the office, there’s cold brew on tap for work hours and also a keg of beer for the after-work celebrations, which often involve ping-pong tournaments in the company’s game room. Eric Barton,, 20 May 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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The first known use of beer was before the 12th century

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9 Jun 2021

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“Beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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