beer

noun
\ ˈbir How to pronounce beer (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Grace Hollars, Indianapolis Star Some voters think Pete Buttigieg's logo would look good on a bottle of beer. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Voters say Buttigieg's logo works for beer, a fancy restaurant or 'the fighting Petes'," 5 Oct. 2019 Imports of Japanese beer are down 97 percent, Toyota and Honda sales are down 59 percent and 81 percent respectively. George Will, National Review, "The Korean Peninsula: A Dangerous Neighborhood," 3 Oct. 2019 Imports of Japanese beer are down 97%, Toyota and Honda sales are down 59% and 81% respectively. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The Korean Peninsula: A dangerous neighborhood," 3 Oct. 2019 As an example of what to expect, the briefing included a photo of a South Africa fan holding five jugs of beer in one hand. The Economist, "A tax hike threatens the health of Japan’s economy," 26 Sep. 2019 On Mondays and Tuesdays, Ted's menu offers $10 pitchers of beer; steak and potatoes on Wednesdays; fish fry Fridays; and weekend brunch. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Mill Avenue dive bar Ted's Refreshments opens in downtown Tempe. Here's what's on the menu," 16 Sep. 2019 She was handcuffed and placed in the back of a cruiser while officers checked her car and recovered three more containers of beer. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Drunken driving suspect stops car on highway before pulling over: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 5 Sep. 2019 At the annual Wurstfest, travelers and locals celebrate the city’s Bavarian roots with carnival rides and German fare including sauerkraut-laden bratwursts, schnitzel, and steins of beer. National Geographic, "November hot list: 5 essential experiences," 28 Oct. 2019 As for the libations, saleswomen carrying kegs of beer on their backs walk around the stadiums, are ready to serve up cold pints to spectators. Coy Wire And Vivien Jones, CNN, "The surprising experience of a Tokyo baseball game," 25 Oct. 2019

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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

noun
How to pronounce beer (audio)

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

beer

noun
\ ˈbir How to pronounce beer (audio) \

Kids Definition of beer

: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops

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