beer

noun
\ 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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The HomeBrew will have five beers available: an American IPA, an American pale ale, an English stout, a Belgian-style Witbier, and a dry Czech pilsner. Sam Byford, The Verge, "LG will show a ‘capsule-based craft beer’ machine at CES next month," 11 Dec. 2018 Saturday, July 7 Mandatory beers, soccer juggling, and World Cup day. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How autonomous vehicle planner Yes Segura gets around Seattle," 26 July 2018 It's also developed specifically to work in a wide number of drinks, from wine and beer to cocktails and spirits. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Undercover Colors' Date Rape Drug Test Tells You in 60 Seconds If Your Drink Was Drugged," 13 Sep. 2018 Now, an updated analysis of results from a 2016 global study is claiming that there’s actually no amount of wine, beer, or liquor that is beneficial for your overall health. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Alcohol Does Not Have Health Benefits," 24 Aug. 2018 The minimum guest age is 21—which makes sense because people are literally drinking beer and throwing hatchets around. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Axe Throwing: the Hot New Happy Hour Alternative and Low-Key Workout," 20 July 2018 Drinking beer with your friends outside on a pure Michigan summer evening will soon be possible at Pingree Gardens, Eastern Market's first — and, organizers say, Detroit's largest — outdoor biergarten. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Outdoor biergarten to open at Detroit's Eastern Market this weekend," 12 July 2018 The picture puzzles have been challenging Texans to read small type and perform advanced cognitive problem-solving, all the while drinking beer, since 2001. John Boyd, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star Beer bottle cap puzzle quiz: Can you solve drinking's greatest rebus puzzle game?," 7 July 2018 Juniper on Main, 110 E. Main St., has applied for a license to serve beer and wine. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 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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beer

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of beer

: an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops

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