[bev-er-ij, bev-rij]
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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beverage (ˈbɛvərɪdʒ, ˈbɛvrɪdʒ)
any drink, usually other than water
[C13: from Old French bevrage, from beivre to drink, from Latin bibere]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from Anglo-Fr. beverage, from O.Fr. boivre "to drink" (Mod.Fr. boire; from L. bibere "to imbibe;" see imbibe) + -age, suffix forming mass or abstract nouns.
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Example sentences
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.
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