American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and flavored with hops.
- n. A fermented beverage brewed by traditional methods that is then dealcoholized so that the finished product contains no more than 0.5 percent alcohol.
- n. A carbonated beverage produced by a method in which the fermentation process is either circumvented or altered, resulting in a finished product having an alcohol content of no more than 0.01 percent.
- n. A beverage made from extracts of roots and plants: birch beer.
- n. A serving of one of these beverages.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An alcoholic liquor made from any farinaceous grain, but generally from barley, which is first malted and ground, and its fermentable substance extracted by hot water. To this extract or infusion hops or some other vegetable product of an agreeable bitterness is added, and it is thereupon boiled for some time, both to concentrate it and to extract the useful matters from the hops. The liquor is then suffered to ferment in vats, the time allowed for fermentation depending upon the quality and kind of beer, and after it has become clear it is stored away or sent to the market. The beers of England and France, and for the most part those of Germany, become gradually sour by exposure to air. Ale and beer were formerly synonymous terms, ale being the earlier in use; at present, beer is the common name for all malt liquors, and ale is used specifically for a carefully made beer of a certain strength, and rather light than dark: thus, small beer, ginger beer, and the like, are not ale, nor are stout and porter. A distinction drawn by Andrew Boorde, in 1542, is that ale is made of malt and water, and should contain no other ingredients, while beer is made of malt, hops, and water.
- n. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts or products of various plants, as ginger, spruce, molasses, beet, etc.
- To drink beer; tipple.
- n. One who is or exists.
- n. An obsolete form of bier.
- n. A mole or pier.
- n. Obsolete present and preterit of bear
- n. An obsolete form of bear.
- n. uncountable An alcoholic drink fermented from starch material commonly barley malt, often with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor.
- n. uncountable A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.
- n. uncountable A solution produced by steeping plant materials in water or another fluid.
- n. countable A glass, bottle, or can of any of the above beverages.
- n. countable A variety of the above beverages.
- n. One who is or exists.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but commonly from barley malt, with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor.
- n. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.
- n. a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
- From Middle English bere, from Old English bēor ("beer"), from Proto-Germanic *beuzan, *beuzaz (“beer”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰews-, *bews- (“dross, sediment, brewer's yeast”). Cognate with West Frisian bier ("beer"), Low German Beer ("beer"), Dutch bier ("beer"), German Bier ("beer"), Icelandic bjór ("beer"), Swedish buska ("freshly brewed beer, new beer"), Middle Dutch & Middle Low German būsen ("to feast, booze, drink heavily"), Middle High German būs ("a swelling"). Non-Germanic cognates include probably Albanian mbush ("to fill, stuff"). More at booze. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ber, from Old English bēor, from West Germanic, probably from Latin bibere, to drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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