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 Demand for classics such as Canada Dry ginger ale and A&W root beer took off. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Keurig is a machine: How the beverage giant is leveraging A.I. to fuel growth," 19 Oct. 2020 Originally offering just a root beer flavor, Big Shot was introduced by the Jefferson Bottling Company, which opened in 1920 as a division of Pailet Industries. Blake Pontchartrain,, "Blakeview: With black bowler hat and cigar, Big Shot has been a local favorite since 1935," 19 Oct. 2020 Anguiano said people have left flowers as well as things Adrian liked, including apple juice and root beer. oregonlive, "Family seeks information about Friday shooting that killed Hillsboro teen," 15 Oct. 2020 Down the road, Fills hopes to add nitro taps for iced coffee and root beer, soft-serve ice cream and doughnut delivery. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Fills is bringing Berliner-style doughnuts to original Blue Star Donuts space," 9 Oct. 2020 Several food and drink items will be available for purchase, from a 24-pack of Oktoberfest for $35 to a case of root beer for $19. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sprecherfest is a drive-through, socially distanced start to celebrating Oktoberfest," 25 Sep. 2020 Prior to that, at 7:15 p.m., there will be a root beer stein holding competition between the McKinney Fire Department and their counterparts from the McKinney Police Department. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Enjoy a drive-in concert, socially distanced stein-holding at this McKinney Oktoberfest celebration," 23 Sep. 2020 Steldt served all those foods at her backyard fair — although the usual chocolate and root beer flavored milk were replaced by Tippy Cow liqueur. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The pandemic sidelined this woman's annual State Fair birthday celebration. Here's what her family did instead.," 11 Aug. 2020 Floats made with Lift Bridge root beer or strawberry-balsamic soda, or a Bootstrap espresso milkshake. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "30 ways to replace those Minnesota State Fair favorite cold treats," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of root beer

1815, in the meaning defined above

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“Root beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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