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.noun
- Bud Light, Corona and Coors are each an example of beer.
- Root and ginger are each an example of a beer type.
- 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: ME & OE beor, akin to Ger bier; only in WGmc; a monastic (6th c.) borrowing < VL biber, beverage (< L bibere, imbibe): orig. used for the drink made with hops, as distinct from the older drink, ale, then made without
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- a. A fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and 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: Middle English ber, from Old English bēor, from West Germanic, probably from Latin bibere, to drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.