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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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Examples from the Web for meads
Historical Examples
  • It is curious that a bird so distinctly foreign, plumed for the Asiatic sun, should fit so well with English meads.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • As soon as Wenlock could approach the governor, he inquired for his friends, the meads.

    A True Hero W.H.G. Kingston
  • Now you stood and shivered in that twilight, though it were high noon and burning August down the meads.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • "I love Mrs. Lambert," cried Pauline, dancing through the meads.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
  • Pauline, as they walked over the meads, no longer had the desire to ask Guy more about his tale of old loves.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
  • All this meant spring, and spring meant hunting for snowdrops in the meads.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • The meads would be quite a good old place in which to spend an occasional furlough.

    Etheldreda the Ready Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Unsurfeiting happiness be his portion in the meads of asphodel!

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • The whole year round, the meads are graced by the lovely blossoms of two Commelineae, viz.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • He wallows in doves and coy toyings and modest blushes, and bowers and meads.

British Dictionary definitions for meads

Meads

/miːdz/
noun
1.
Sir Colin. born 1936, New Zealand Rugby Union footballer. A forward, he played for the All Blacks (1957–71)

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 meads

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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