from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any one of various liquids for drinking, usually excluding water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A liquid to consume, usually excluding water; a drink. This may include tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks.
  • n. A treat, or drink money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Liquid for drinking; drink; -- usually applied to drink artificially prepared and of an agreeable flavor.
  • n. Specifically, a name applied to various kinds of drink.
  • n. A treat, or drink money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Drink of any kind; liquor for drinking: as, water is the common beverage; intoxicating beverages.
  • n. A name given specifically to various kinds of refreshing drinks.
  • n. In Great Britain, drink-money, or a treat provided with drink-money, as on wearing a new suit of clothes, or on receiving a suit from the tailor; a treat on first coming into prison; a garnish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any liquid suitable for drinking


Middle English, from Old French bevrage, from beivre, to drink, from Latin bibere; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French bevrage, from boivre ("to drink"), from Latin bibō. Cognate to imbibe. (Wiktionary)


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