American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water.
- n. Archaic A meadow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong liquor made by mixing honey with water and flavoring it, yeast or some similar ferment being added, and the whole allowed to ferment. It was a favorite beverage in the middle ages, and is made according to different recipes in different parts of England down to the present day. When carefully made it will keep for a long time, and improve with age.
- n. A sweet drink charged with carbonic gas, and flavored with some syrup, as sarsaparilla.
- n. Same as meadow: now chiefly used in poetry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fermented drink made of water and honey with malt, yeast, etc.; metheglin; hydromel.
- n. United States A drink composed of sirup of sarsaparilla or other flavoring extract, and water. It is sometimes charged with carbonic acid gas.
- n. A meadow.
- n. United States philosopher of pragmatism (1863-1931)
- n. made of fermented honey and water
- n. United States anthropologist noted for her claims about adolescence and sexual behavior in Polynesian cultures (1901-1978)
- From Old English mǣd. Cognate with West Frisian miede, Low German Meed, Mede. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English meodu; see medhu- in Indo-European roots.Middle English mede, from Old English mǣd; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Now up the mead, now down the mead_," and then over hill and dale they sped.”
““Beowulf” was first committed to parchment around the year 1000, up to then it had only existed as a oral poem recited to friends, families and subjects over fires, in mead halls, and by bards to many people.”
“If we create a dystopia, it is so that our heroes can set it to rights, and drink mead from the skull of the vanquished oppressor.”
““No matter,” said the old man, who was deep in his cups, having drunk the liquor of the region — a vile substance they call mead, yet it is potent — “you are still a brave man to face the wendol.””
“A by product of honey, called mead, is reported to be the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man.”
“Personally, I'll stay with mead, which is honeywine.”
“Germany and the Slavic countries were leading producers in the meantime, and honey wine or mead from the Sanskrit word for “honey” was a great favorite in both central Europe and Scandinavia.”
“The dreadful foul drink called mead is made from honey, then fermented.”
“There is a kind of swish-swash made also in Essex, and divers other places, with honeycombs and water, which the homely country wives, putting some pepper and a little other spice among, call mead, very good in mine opinion for such as love to be loose bodied at large, or a little eased of the cough.”
“Our forefathers concocted from Honey boiled with water and exposed to the sun (after adding chopped raisins, lemon peel, and other matters) a famous fermented drink, called mead, and this was termed metheglin (_methu_, wine, and _aglaion_, splendid) when the finer  Honey was used, and certain herbs were added so as to confer special flavours.”
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