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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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 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

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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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