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

June 11 Ethanol, the intoxicating alcohol found in beer, wine and liquor, has been powering automobiles in the U.S. since the era of the Model T more than a century ago. Washington Post, "How Trump (and Iowa) Changed How You Fuel Your Car," 18 Sep. 2019 Beer Can House, Houston After guzzling down an ice-cold beer, most people pitch empty cans into the nearest recycling bin, but not John Milkovisch. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objects," 17 Sep. 2019 Bars and restaurants have been told by the organizing committee to stock up on beer, and resorts have considered relaxing their policies against displaying tattoos, which in Japan are associated with the Yakuza gangs. George Ramsay, CNN, "Japan set to host 'special' World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown," 17 Sep. 2019 The two-story spot presents handcrafted cocktails and Texas beers, plus neon lights, a rooftop patio and an indoor slide. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Where to eat and drink in Montrose and Midtown right now," 16 Sep. 2019 Authentic German food, beer, live entertainment and more. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Sept. 16-22," 16 Sep. 2019 One drinks non-alcoholic beer, and the other likes Scotch and soda. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: How many summers do you have with your children? Is it ever enough?," 15 Sep. 2019 Just this side of the border with Canada, the small college town of Bellingham brews beers, churns ice cream, and serves seafood with the best of them. Fortune, "Don’t Miss This Off-the-Radar Foodie Oasis on the Canadian Border," 15 Sep. 2019 MaGerks Pub & Grill, Baltimore’s premiere stop for Philadelphia Eagles fans, offers $16 buckets of Miller Lite or Coors Light (five beers each) and $17 buckets of White Claw Hard Seltzer on game days. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "From the Ravens Flock to Steelers Nation, where to root and roost for your favorite NFL team in Baltimore," 14 Sep. 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

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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