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 Mixtape also does the intriguing-yet-flawed (a pastrami agnolotti; pork belly nuggets with a root beer BBQ sauce and pickled watermelon rind). Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mixtape: Dining Review," 1 Nov. 2019 Ediza got crispy fries, creamy mac and cheese and a homemade veggie burger — all washed down with root beer served in a Mason jar. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, "Visit a haunted hotel and a creepy castle on a weekend trip to Ione," 26 Sep. 2019 Get coffee drinks and beans, sweet and savory snacks, plus glass bottles of Filbert’s soda, South Side makers of root beer since 1926. Louisa Chu,, "2 food tours of Chicago: Where to eat and what to drink to savor the city," 9 Aug. 2019 Next to their booth, members of Grace Lutheran Church were selling lemonade, coffee, ice tea, root beer floats, nachos, hot dogs, sloppy Joes and chips. Carol Kovach,, "Lakewood Community Festival draws big crowd to Madison Park," 9 Sep. 2019 Your ticket includes a beer (or root beer) tasting and bratwurst or hot dog. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "The ultimate guide to Oktoberfest in Colorado, 2019 edition," 13 Sep. 2019 Soda and iced tea refills are free, but refills for housemade root beer ($3.29) are not. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Hot and bothered at Black Rock in Fort Lauderdale, home of DIY steaks and mystery drink prices," 11 Sep. 2019 The legacy brewer produces beer, root beer and hard seltzer. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sprecher’s new Craft Sparkling Waters are prime ingredient for low-calorie cocktails," 4 Sep. 2019 Highlights include a costume contest, photo booth, free raffles and games along with rock ’n’ roll trivia and root beer floats. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Children’s choir sings in Mexico... Make-A-Wish hero ceremony for Poway," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Root beer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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