\ 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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Festivities include Greek music and dancing, gift shop, an outdoor beer garden and homemade Greek pastries. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 12 July 2018 The Orlando Farmers Market is still going strong after 30-plus years and includes live entertainment and a wine and beer garden. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at 500 E. Central Blvd. Dan Wine,, "7 things to do in Orlando this summer — and they're all free," 12 July 2018 Held for the second time in North Park, the SoccerCity World Cup Fan Zone features two giant jumbo screens, an assortment of food trucks, a beer garden, and 619 Spirits Bloody Mary bar will serve craft sips for those 21 and up. Carolina Gusman,, "Local eateries cool the summer heat with chillin' specials during National Ice Cream month," 12 July 2018 The beer garden, which is a short walk, has possibilities. Ed Barkowitz,, "Comparing the sportsbooks at Atlantic City's Borgata and Ocean Resort ahead of the World Cup final," 11 July 2018 An indoor/outdoor bar and beer garden are nice options when the weather permits. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Get a taste of Up North at new Naperville ale house," 10 July 2018 And, because beer is a way of life in Germany, the paper suggested visitors whet their palate at OTR institutions Rhinegeist and Taft's Ale House. Mallorie Sullivan,, "Wunderbar! German newspaper calls Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 'America's Oktoberfest'," 6 July 2018 And the party is fun and relaxing—beer is for sale, and there are card games and live music—but, honestly, the power of Ii-Epstein's fine play wouldn't be diminished one iota if the party were cut. Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, "Not One Batu feels torn directly from life," 5 July 2018 Former Cubs center fielder Brian McRae once said Cubs fans were happy at Wrigley as long as the beer was cold and Sosa hit a home run. Paul Sullivan,, "Sammy Sosa prolonging his exile from Wrigley Field," 28 June 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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