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[meed] /mid/
noun
1.
an alcoholic liquor made by fermenting honey and water.
2.
any of various nonalcoholic beverages.
Origin
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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Examples from the web for mead
  • mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast.
  • A type of mead recipe that is meant to age quickly, for immediate consumption.
  • mead also stressed the social character of perception our first encounters are social.
  • There is some small scale production of wine, mead and cider.
  • After taking a drink of mead, he moves to leave, claiming to be cursed by misfortune.
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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