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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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of root beer was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Root beer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

root beer

: a sweet carbonated drink flavored with extracts of roots and herbs

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