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[bev-er-ij, bev-rij] /ˈbɛv ər ɪdʒ, ˈbɛv rɪdʒ/
any potable liquid, especially one other than water, as tea, coffee, beer, or milk:
The price of the meal includes a beverage.
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French beverage, bevarage, equivalent to be(i)vre to drink + -age -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beverages
  • Marketers have long looked to music to help define their brands, and many have attached download codes to beverages.
  • Cochineal insects give a red or pink coloring to foods, lipsticks, and beverages.
  • They were asked to do some busywork, then told that during the break they should help themselves to some adult beverages.
  • Aside from a few juices, beverages nowadays seem to be sold in plastic bottles, which is even nastier.
  • Our bodies weren't designed to process the foods and beverages that people are in-taking today.
  • The next time you travel take a look at the number of folks drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages.
  • It's not that it's unusual for a pro football coach to have a second career in the world of food and beverages.
  • Alcoholic beverages shouldn't necessarily taste good to both children and pets.
  • In fact, sugar-free beverages make up less than five percent of the market.
  • We're having a get together tonight, some friends and beverages.
British Dictionary definitions for beverages


/ˈbɛvərɪdʒ; ˈbɛvrɪdʒ/
any drink, usually other than water
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bevrage, from beivre to drink, from Latin bibere
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Word Origin and History for beverages



mid-13c., from Anglo-French beverage, Old French bevrage, from Old French boivre "to drink" (Modern French boire; from Latin bibere "to imbibe;" see imbibe) + -age, suffix forming mass or abstract nouns.

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