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

Tickets are $20 pre-sale; $25 at the door, including an ice cream sundae or root beer float. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman’s club installs new officers...local events," 15 July 2019 Moe’s Southwest Grill serves you a birthday burrito; A&W Mug Club a root beer float. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "A guide to products and services you didn’t know you could get free," 10 July 2019 Sundaes, banana splits, malts, shakes, smoothies and root beer floats are also offered. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treat yourself on a hot summer day to any of these seven frozen treat shops in the Milwaukee suburbs," 26 June 2019 The Heritage Dancers will be selling cotton candy, popcorn and cookies, while the Poway Woman’s Club will be selling root beer floats, sundaes and pie and brownies a la mode. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Fourth of July festivities include Old Poway Park events, fireworks at Poway High," 26 June 2019 Desserts from fried doughnuts and cheesecake and a dirty float made with alcoholic root beer. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 Free beer for dad: All Zea Rotisserie & Bar locations and Semolina will give each dad who dines in a free four-pack of Abita beer and root beer and a free family photo. Ann Maloney,, "Father’s Day, summer dining deals: Food events through June 19," 11 June 2019 Then be sure to take advantage of all the organized activities for kids, like flashlight candy hunts, water balloon fights, and root beer float socials. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 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

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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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