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

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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 Also for adults only is the Adult Ice Cream float, a food and beverage item made with Henry's Hard Orange soda or Not Your Father's root beer. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's newest beer garden is in the zoo, with lots of craft beer," 25 May 2018 There also are plans to make a blonde root beer based on a patent Rebellion already owns. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rebellion Brewing opens its doors in Cedarburg, in the former Silver Creek Brewing space," 10 July 2018 The ice cream parlor created a special flavor for the occasion: Floatin' Over the High Line, a sweet combustion of root beer ice cream, mini-marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles. Andrea Sachs,, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 Lee's also offers over 35 shake and malt flavors from root beer to cherry dip. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cool down with custard...or soft serve? Here are two places in the Milwaukee suburbs that do it right.," 30 May 2018 For flavor inspiration, The Big Book of Kombucha and Kombucha Revolution have recipes for every infusion under the sun, from root beer to rhubarb. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How To Finally Learn To Make Your Own Delicious Kombucha," 16 Jan. 2018 There will be refreshments like hot dogs and root beer floats, and music by The Misfits. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in Waukesha County in July," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of root beer

1815, in the meaning defined above

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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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