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.
any of various beverages, whether alcoholic or not, made from roots, molasses or sugar, yeast, etc.: root beer; ginger beer.
an individual serving of beer; a glass, can, or bottle of beer: We'll have three beers.

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.

beer, bier. Unabridged


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World English Dictionary
beer (bɪə)
1.  Compare ale an alcoholic drink brewed from malt, sugar, hops, and water and fermented with yeast
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
[Old English beor; related to Old Norse bjōrr, Old Frisian biār, Old High German bior]

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Word Origin & History

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.).
"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. Gk. brytos, used in reference to Thracian or Phrygian brews, was related to O.E. breowan "brew;" L. zythum is from Gk. zythos, first used of Egyptian beer and treated as an Egyptian word but perhaps truly Gk. and related to zyme "leaven." Sp. cerveza is from L. cervesia "beer," perhaps related to L. cremor "thick broth." O.C.S. pivo, source of the general Slavic word for "beer," is originally "a drink" (cf. O.C.S. 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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Bible Dictionary

Beer definition

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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Example sentences for beer
Does not necessarily imply that the beer is made from lambic.
Mostly, these are strains that are also used in beer or wine production.
This beer is lightly hopped with a slightly lower alcohol content.
This variant is rarely played due to the excessive amounts of beer required.
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