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Beers

[beerz] /bɪərz/
noun
1.
Clifford Whittingham
[hwit-ing-uh m,, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt ɪŋ əm,, ˈwɪt-/ (Show IPA),
1876–1943, U.S. pioneer in mental hygiene.

beer

[beer] /bɪər/
noun
1.
an alcoholic beverage made by brewing and fermentation from cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops and the like for a slightly bitter taste.
2.
any of various beverages, whether alcoholic or not, made from roots, molasses or sugar, yeast, etc.:
root beer; ginger beer.
3.
an individual serving of beer; a glass, can, or bottle of beer:
We'll have three beers.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English bere, Old English bēor; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German bior, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch bēr, Dutch, German Bier (Old Norse bjōrr, probably < OE); of disputed and ambiguous orig.
Can be confused
beer, bier.
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Examples from the web for Beers
  • The swan brewery continues to produce a range of emu branded Beers.
  • It is applied both to bottle conditioned and cask conditioned Beers.
  • Very dark Beers, such as stout use dark or patent malts that have been roasted longer.
  • The original bocks were dark Beers, brewed from highcolored malts.
  • They are among the only few specialty Beers that existed besides lager for a long time.
  • All Beers are brewed using a process based on a simple formula.
  • De Beers is a cartel of companies that trade in rough diamond exploration.
British Dictionary definitions for Beers

beer

/bɪə/
noun
1.
an alcoholic drink brewed from malt, sugar, hops, and water and fermented with yeast Compare ale
2.
a slightly fermented drink made from the roots or leaves of certain plants: ginger beer, nettle beer
3.
(modifier) relating to or used in the drinking of beer: beer glass, beer mat
4.
(modifier) in which beer is drunk, esp (of licensed premises) having a licence to sell beer: beer house, beer cellar, beer garden
Word Origin
Old English beor; related to Old Norse bjōrr, Old Frisian biār, Old High German bior
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Word Origin and History for Beers

beer

n.

Old English beor "strong drink, beer, mead," a word of much-disputed and ambiguous origin, cognate with Old Frisian biar, Middle Dutch and Dutch bier, Old High German bior, German Bier.

Probably a 6c. West Germanic monastic borrowing of Vulgar Latin biber "a drink, beverage" (from Latin infinitive bibere "to drink;" see imbibe). Another suggestion is that it comes from Proto-Germanic *beuwoz-, from *beuwo- "barley." The native Germanic word for the beverage was the one that yielded ale (q.v.).

Beer was a common drink among most of the European peoples, as well as in Egypt and Mesopotamia, but was known to the Greeks and Romans only as an exotic product. [Buck]
They did have words for it, however. Greek brytos, used in reference to Thracian or Phrygian brews, was related to Old English breowan "brew;" Latin zythum is from Greek zythos, first used of Egyptian beer and treated as an Egyptian word but perhaps truly Greek and related to zyme "leaven." French bière is from Germanic. Spanish cerveza is from Latin cervesia "beer," perhaps related to Latin cremor "thick broth."

Old Church Slavonic pivo, source of the general Slavic word for "beer," is originally "a drink" (cf. Old Church Slavonic piti "drink"). French bière is a 16c. borrowing from German. U.S. slang beer goggles, through which every potential romantic partner looks desirable, is from 1986.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Beers
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Beers in the Bible

well. (1.) A place where a well was dug by the direction of Moses, at the forty-fourth station of the Hebrews in their wanderings (Num. 21:16-18) in the wilderness of Moab. (See WELL.) (2.) A town in the tribe of Judah to which Jotham fled for fear of Abimelech (Judg. 9:21). Some have identified this place with Beeroth.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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