Beefeater definition

bēfētər
A yeoman of the British monarch's royal guard.
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A person who eats beef, typified as a large, well-fed, red-faced person.
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A guard at the Tower of London.
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An African bird of the genus Buphaga, which feeds on the larvae of botflies hatched under the skin of oxen, antelopes, etc.
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(informal, UK) A Yeoman Warder.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
beefeater
Plural:
beefeaters

Origin of beefeater

  • Earlier well-fed servant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • beef +‎ eater

    From Wiktionary