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 In contrast, this beauty from Sand Point is all dark cherry, root beer and black tea flavors with a hint of aromatic spice. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 The extract is also an additive in root beer and Slurpees. Sarah Jane Tribble,, 19 July 2021 The flavor of the homemade soda, currently grape, will rotate between orange, cherry, strawberry and root beer, Will said. Rafael Guerrero,, 4 Mar. 2022 Several beverage makers have released various brands of hard root beer, ginger ale and other drinks. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 The extract is also an additive in root beer and Slurpees. Sarah Jane Tribble, Quartz, 20 July 2021 And Poppi is available in a wide variety of flavors, from classic cola and root beer to strawberry lemon or blueberry. Rachel King, Fortune, 18 Dec. 2021 The desserts section is especially wide ranging in flavors and textures, from root beer float cupcakes, cinnamon applesauce, peanut butter custards and others. Marc Bona, cleveland, 7 Dec. 2021 Europeans have been found to be indifferent to maple syrup, averse to Concord grape, and repelled by root beer, all of which North Americans tend to love. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of root beer

1815, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Root beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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