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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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Spooky spots: Savannah's Moon River Brewing Company offers more than just beer and burgers. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 The upbringing Brett Kavanaugh described—dotted with references to beer and sports camps and his dad telling tales from his calendar at Christmas—is tailor made to appeal to the nostalgia of the Make America Great Again crowd. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Privilege: Being Rich and White Is Proof You Must Be Good," 5 Oct. 2018 Across the street is a multi-generational New Orleanian who relaxes with a beer and a book, alongside his Chihuahua, Darla. Anne Roderique-jones, Town & Country, "Porching Isn't Just a Southern Tradition—It's a Way of Life," 15 Aug. 2018 Although religion and alcohol have had a strained relationship in recent decades, monks originally created beer and spirits like Chartreuse, Hauge pointed out. Grace Wong,, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 There are autograph sessions with big names like Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon, as well as live music with Linkin Bridge and James Reid Band, the SCC Ride of a Lifetime live auction, plenty of food, beer and fun. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018 Democracy Brewing believes equally in good beer and good working conditions. Devra First,, "What it’s like at Democracy Brewing, a worker-owned brewpub in Downtown Crossing," 12 July 2018 The drink menu features margaritas, beers and a small selection of wines, as well as sodas including Mexican Coke and Topo Chico. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Former longtime Z'Tejas chef finally opens his own Mexican restaurant in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 The event will feature music from Fantasy Band Featuring Lady Patice and the Motown Reflections, dancing and an open beer and wine bar. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 11 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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