- The definition of beer is an alcoholic beverage generally made from malted grain, flavored with hops or a carbonated soft drink made with flavor from roots or other parts of a plant.
- Bud Light, Corona and Coors are each an example of beer.
- Root and ginger are each an example of a beer type.
Two mugs of beer.
- an alcoholic beverage made from grain, esp. malted barley, fermented by yeast and flavored with hops; esp., such a beverage produced by slow fermentation at a relatively low temperature
- any of several soft drinks made from extracts of roots and plants: ginger beer
Origin of beerMiddle English and amp; Old English beor, akin to German bier; only in WGmc; a monastic (6th circa ) borrowing ; from Vulgar Latin biber, beverage (; from Classical Latin bibere, imbibe): origin, originally used for the drink made with hops, as distinct from the older drink, ale, then made without
- a. A fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt, usually flavored with hops.b. A fermented beverage brewed by traditional methods that is then dealcoholized so that the finished product contains no more than 0.5 percent alcohol.c. A carbonated beverage produced by a method in which the fermentation process is either circumvented or altered, resulting in a finished product having an alcohol content of no more than 0.01 percent.
- A beverage made from extracts of roots and plants: birch beer.
- A serving of one of these beverages.
Origin of beerMiddle English ber, from Old English bēor, from West Germanic, probably from Latin bibere, to drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural beers)
- (uncountable) An alcoholic drink fermented from starch material commonly barley malt, often with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor.
- Beer is brewed all over the world.
- I love beer but I know it is bad for you.
- (uncountable) A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.
- (uncountable) A solution produced by steeping plant materials in water or another fluid.
- (countable) A glass, bottle, or can of any of the above beverages.
- I bought a few beers from the shop for the party.
- Can I buy you a beer?
- I'd like two beers and a glass of white wine.
- (countable) A variety of the above beverages.
- Amstel is one of the most commonly sold beers in Europe.
- I haven't tried this beer before.
From Middle English bere, from Old English bēor (“beer”), from Proto-Germanic *beuzą (“beer”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰews-, *bews- (“dross, sediment, brewer's yeast”). Cognate with West Frisian bier (“beer”), German Low German Beer (“beer”), Dutch bier (“beer”), German Bier (“beer”), Icelandic bjór (“beer”), Swedish buska (“freshly brewed beer, new beer”), Middle Dutch & Middle Low German būsen (“to feast, booze, drink heavily”), Middle High German būs (“a swelling”). Non-Germanic cognates include probably Albanian mbush (“to fill, stuff”). More at booze.
- One who is or exists.
From Middle English beere, equivalent to be + -er.