from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Russian fermented beverage similar to beer, made from rye or barley.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fermented drink in general use in Russia, taking the place of the beer of other countries.

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  • noun A type of traditional fermented Russian beverage with little or no alcohol, made from bread, often flavored with fruit.

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  • noun fermented beverage resembling beer but made from rye or barley


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

[Russian kvas, from Old Russian kvasŭ.]

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From Russian квас (kvas).


  • Another drink is kvass which is generally sold by old ladies from a miniature tanker at a dirt cheap price. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • Russia has gone back to rule by a czar, who has revived the ancient traditions: vodka and kvass and birch juice, tile ovens, Orthodox churches.

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  • On departure day, I said a final good morning to the cats in the Europa Royal hotel courtyard, purchased an amber necklace I'd admired on Smilsu iela and settled into a café to sip one last kvass, a fermented drink.

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  • Her mother, Itke (the daughter of Kadish Katz/Kaplan, for whom Kadya was named), ran a dry-goods shop, and later opened a factory for making rye kvass.

    Kadya Molodowsky.

  • A sampling: Yermak Named after the 16th-century Cossack leader famous for his exploits in the Siberian wilderness, this rustic spot offers wild-animal meats and forest berries, plus just-baked black bread and homemade kvass, the quintessential Cossack aperitif.

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  • They served, too, a pie with onion and steamed turnip with kvass.

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  • When the garden was done, Maria brought cold water for Arkady and Eva and kvass for Roman.

    Wolves Eat Dogs

  • They drank kvass made of red bilberries, juniper-berries, or of bread — Antonina Ivanovna always carried a stock of different kinds of kvass.

    The Man Who Was Afraid

  • “Waiter!” said Mayakin, gently, on entering the hall of the hotel, and turning toward a remote corner, “let us have a bottle of moorberry kvass.”

    The Man Who Was Afraid

  • He sat by the table, and, bending over it, made drawings of patterns on the tray, dipping his trembling finger in the spilt kvass, and his sharp-pointed head was sinking lower and lower over the table, as though he did not decipher, and could not make out what his bony finger was drawing on the tray.

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