Definition of

Beer

  1. (noun, food) a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops

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Alternate forms of Beer

Derivations: beery

Hyponyms: ale, draft beer, draught beer, lager, lager beer, suds

Hypernyms: brew, brewage

Origin of the word Beer

  1. O.E. beor, a word of much-disputed and ambiguous origin, but probably a 6c. W.Ger. monastic borrowing of V.L. biber "a drink, beverage" (from L. infinitive bibere "to drink;" see imbibe). Another suggestion is that it comes from P.Gmc. *beuwoz-, from *beuwo- "barley." The native Germanic word for the beverage was the one that yielded ale (q.v.… more

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