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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.
Origin of 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 beverage
  • It is illegal for facilities to process out-of-state containers, since a state's beverage industry is paying back those deposits.
  • Usually, hot barley tea was the accompanying beverage.
  • No longer a luxury item, the beverage has become a common sight worldwide.
  • Eating of sugar was driven by drinking of tea, and sweetened tea had become the beverage of choice.
  • beverage companies, for example, may sell it by the pound.
  • Labeled buttons tell you which temperature suits which beverage.
  • Some trials involved rating beverage preference by taste alone.
  • The compound is also used to make epoxy resins that coat the insides of food and beverage cans.
  • They rattle the ice in the clear plastic beverage cups from mobile vendors on summer days.
  • We honestly thought it was a tie-in commercial for some electrolyte-rich energy beverage.
British Dictionary definitions for beverage


/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 beverage

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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