\ ˈbir \

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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Wild Ride Brewing in Redmond brewed the beer last week and will release it Dec. 4, brewmaster Paul Bergeman said. Kathleen Mclaughlin, The Seattle Times, "Central Oregon breweries make beer to benefit fire victims," 28 Nov. 2018 And since early days, beer has been a key part of that culture. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "WeWork Puts Four-Beer Limit on Once-Bottomless Kegs," 1 Nov. 2018 About 50 beers are available on tap and in cans and bottles, including offerings from North Texas breweries such as Fort Worth's Rahr & Sons Brewing and Granbury's Revolver Brewing Co. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Talking shop — Roanoke ChopShop Live, that is — with Randy Rogers," 11 July 2018 Others came without tickets, content to just drink up the atmosphere — and the beer — with other fans outside the stadiums. Kevin Baxter And Sabra Ayres,, "Mexico's passionate fans flood Russia for World Cup and make a lot of amigos along the way," 1 July 2018 Besides rising costs for prescriptions, gas and education, voters have also complained to him about the increasing price of beer. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "A GOP Lawmaker’s Battle to Turn Growth and Jobs Into Votes," 26 Oct. 2018 Also go for: The labyrinth of stocked shelves at Powell’s Books, flights of beer at BridgePort Brewpub, and all the sweet treats from Voodoo or Blue Star Donuts. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 As soon as the ball hit the net, footage of the crowd shows the ensuing celebration — including a veritable fog of beer spritzing everyone as fans splashed their beverages in the air in unfettered jubilation. Raisa Bruner, Time, "English Soccer Fans Already Wasted a Lot of of Beer Before Winning the World Cup Semifinals," 11 July 2018 The special local brew of festival beer was gone within hours. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires recap: The best and worst of the indie festival in its 4th year," 8 July 2018

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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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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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