root beer


Definition of root beer

: a sweetened, usually carbonated, brown beverage flavored with extracts of roots (such as sarsaparilla or sassafras) and herbs (such as wintergreen) or with artificial flavorings

Examples of root beer in a Sentence

a bottle of root beer

Recent Examples on the Web

The space serves a full menu, plus wine, cocktails and root beer. Marc Bona,, "Fat Head's Brewery's Canton operation chugging along smoothly," 11 May 2018 Think Cedar Crest ice cream, Sprecher root beer and Johnsonville brats. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 extra-cool mini golf courses in the Milwaukee area to enjoy with your family," 23 Apr. 2018 More upsetting and dramatic than any of this, though, is the moment when Archie orders a root beer float instead of a milkshake at Pop’s. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Just Revealed Who The Real Gargoyle King Is," 24 Jan. 2019 Being able to enjoy your burger with a frosty mug of the restaurant's house-recipe root beer. Nate Chute, Indianapolis Star, "2 Indiana burger joints named 'best in America' by Thrillist," 6 Apr. 2018 The root beer was cold and refreshing in the 95°(about 35° Celsius) temperatures, and the Ortega Burger (with poblano peppers on it) satisfied my hunger. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 Stamps that smell like popsicles On June 20, the lords of letters will unveil a series of stamps boasting pictures and scents of various ice pops, from mango and orange to root beer and cola. Scott Craven, USA TODAY, "Here's the scratch-n-sniff stamp scents we really wish the USPS would unveil," 21 May 2018 At Dairy Queen, McClure battered steak, made root beer and mixed ice cream. Emily Foxhall, San Antonio Express-News, "In parts of small-town Texas, the Dairy Queen is closing up," 27 June 2018 Open since 1957, this place is a landmark for its 12-inch coneys and root beer. Carrie Blackmore Smith,, "Unique summer outings to explore with the kids this summer in Cincinnati," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of root beer

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of root beer was in 1815

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English Language Learners Definition of root beer

: a sweet, brown drink that is flavored with roots and herbs and that contains bubbles

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Kids Definition of root beer

: a sweet drink flavored with extracts of roots and herbs

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