Definitions for bovril

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word bovril

Princeton's WordNet

  1. beef tea, Bovril(noun)

    an extract of beef (given to people who are ill)


  1. Bovril(ProperNoun)

    A brand of beef extract made in the UK.


  1. Bovril

    Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick, salty meat extract, developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston and sold in a distinctive, bulbous jar. It is made in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, owned and distributed by Unilever UK. Bovril can be made into a drink by diluting with hot water, or less commonly with milk. It can also be used as a flavouring for soups, stews or porridge, or spread on bread, especially toast, rather like Marmite. The first part of the product's name comes from Latin bos meaning "ox" or "cow". Johnston took the -vril suffix from Bulwer-Lytton's then-popular "lost race" novel The Coming Race, whose plot revolves around a superior race of people, the Vril-ya, who derive their powers from an electromagnetic substance named "Vril".


Find a translation for the bovril definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these bovril definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"bovril." STANDS4 LLC, 2016. Web. 14 Feb. 2016. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for bovril? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for bovril:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.