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mead1

[meed] /mid/
noun
1.
an alcoholic liquor made by fermenting honey and water.
2.
any of various nonalcoholic beverages.
Origin of mead1
900
before 900; Middle English mede, Old English medu, meodu; cognate with Dutch mee, German Met, Old Norse mjǫthr mead, Sanskrit madhu honey, Greek méthy wine

mead2

[meed] /mid/
noun, Archaic.
1.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English mede, Old English mǣd. See meadow

Mead

[meed] /mid/
noun
1.
George Herbert, 1863–1931, U.S. philosopher and author.
2.
Margaret, 1901–78, U.S. anthropologist.
3.
Lake, a lake in NW Arizona and SE Nevada, formed 1936 by Hoover Dam. 115 miles (185 km) long; 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km).
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  • Now Odin was heavy with the mead he had drunk, and his head was dizzy, so that he did not always fly along the straightest path.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • One more round of mead or ale and the score to the last comer.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And it is scarcely necessary to repeat, the general view of Sparks was not a moral support to mead even if he had “no case.”

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • But I was there, and drank wine and mead till my beard was wet.

  • When he arose, dripping on the bank, and looked around, Anne had vanished from the mead.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • A Physician he would not make As Myddvai made, if he had a mead fostered man.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • The seizure of Briseis, his special "mead of honour," is only the last straw, the culminating insult.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • They went first to a Doctor mead, who displayed his shingle in a quiet street.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Directly Tyars came off the stage he looked for mead in the wings and offered an apology.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
British Dictionary definitions for mead

mead1

/miːd/
noun
1.
an alcoholic drink made by fermenting a solution of honey, often with spices added
Word Origin
Old English meodu; related to Old High German metu, Greek methu, Welsh medd

mead2

/miːd/
noun
1.
an archaic or poetic word for meadow
Word Origin
Old English mǣd

Mead1

/miːd/
noun
1.
Lake Mead, a reservoir in NW Arizona and SE Nevada, formed by the Hoover Dam across the Colorado River: one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Area: 588 sq km (227 sq miles)

Mead2

/miːd/
noun
1.
Margaret. 1901–78, US anthropologist. Her works include Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) and Male and Female (1949)
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Word Origin and History for mead
n.

"fermented honey drink," Old English medu, from Proto-Germanic *meduz (cf. Old Norse mjöðr, Danish mjød, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch mede, Old High German metu, German Met "mead"), from PIE root *medhu- "honey, sweet drink" (cf. Sanskrit madhu "sweet, sweet drink, wine, honey," Greek methy "wine," Old Church Slavonic medu, Lithuanian medus "honey," Old Irish mid, Welsh medd, Breton mez "mead"). Synonymous but unrelated early Middle English meþeglin yielded Chaucer's meeth.

"meadow," Old English mæd, Anglian med "meadow, pasture," from Proto-Germanic *medwo (cf. Old Frisian mede, Dutch made, German Matte "meadow," Old English mæþ "harvest, crop"), from PIE *metwa- "a mown field," from root *me- "mow, cut down grass or grain" (see mow (v.)). Now only archaic or poetic.

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