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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beernoun

    a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops


  1. beernoun

    An alcoholic drink fermented from starch material commonly barley malt, often with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor.

  2. beernoun

    A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.

  3. beernoun

    A solution produced by steeping plant materials in water or another fluid.

  4. beernoun

    A glass, bottle, or can of any of the above beverages.

  5. beernoun

    A variety of the above beverages.

  6. Etymology: From bere, from beor, from beuzan, from beus-. Cognate with bier, beer, bier, Bier, bjór, buska, & busen, bus. Non-Germanic cognates include probably mbush. More at booze.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beernoun

    Liquour made of malt and hops. It is distinguished from ale, either by being older or smaller.

    Etymology: bîr, Welch.

    Here’s a pot of good double beer, neighbour; drink. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    It were good to try clarifying with almonds in new beer. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 768.

    Flow, Welsted! flow, like thine inspirer, beer;
    Tho’ stale, not ripe; tho’ thin, yet never clear;
    So sweetly mawkish, and so smoothly dull;
    Heady, not strong; and foaming, tho’ not full. Alexander Pope.


  1. beer

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  1. beer

    Beer is an alcoholic beverage typically made from water, barley, hops, and yeast. It is brewed through a process known as fermentation, where the yeast consumes the sugars in the barley, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide. It comes in various forms including ales, lagers, stouts, and pilsners, among others, each with distinct flavors and characteristics. Historically, beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beernoun

    a fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but commonly from barley malt, with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor

  2. Beernoun

    a fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc


  1. Beer

    Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. The starch and saccharification enzymes are often derived from malted cereal grains, most commonly malted barley and malted wheat. Most beer is also flavoured with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavourings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included. The preparation of beer is called brewing. Beer is the world's most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, and is the third-most popular drink overall, after water and tea. It is thought by some to be the oldest fermented beverage. Some of humanity's earliest known writings refer to the production and distribution of beer: the Code of Hammurabi included laws regulating beer and beer parlours, and "The Hymn to Ninkasi", a prayer to the Mesopotamian goddess of beer, served as both a prayer and as a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people. Today, the brewing industry is a global business, consisting of several dominant multinational companies and many thousands of smaller producers ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beer

    bēr, n. an alcoholic beverage made by fermentation from malted barley flavoured with hops. It was anciently distinguished from ale by being hopped; now beer is the generic name of malt liquor, including ale and porter.—ns. Beer′-en′gine, Beer′-pump, a machine for drawing beer up from the casks to the bar; Beer′-house, a house where beer or malt liquors are sold; Beer′iness; Beer′-mon′ey, money given to soldiers in the British army, in lieu of beer and spirits.—adj. Beer′y, of or affected by beer.—Beer and skittles, a phrase used vaguely for Bohemian pleasures, from a simple form supposed to be a rustic ideal.—Bitter beer = pale ale, a highly hopped beer made from the very finest selected malt and hops; Mild or Sweet ale being of greater gravity or strength, and comparatively lightly hopped; Black beer, a kind of beer made at Danzig, black and syrupy; Small beer, weak beer, hence trifling things, as in the familiar phrase, 'to think no small beer of one's self.' [A.S. béor; Ger. and Dut. bier, Ice. bjorr.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Beer

    An alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (as barley), flavored with hops, and brewed by slow fermentation.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BEER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beer is ranked #5829 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Beer surname appeared 5,931 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Beer.

    94.1% or 5,583 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 127 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 81 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 61 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 53 total occurrences were Black.
    0.4% or 26 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3103

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2887

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beer' in Nouns Frequency: #1168

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beer in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of beer in a Sentence

  1. Mickey Lolich:

    All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, 'See, there's a fat guy doing okay. Bring me another beer.'

  2. Don Marquis:

    prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into

  3. There's Something About Mary:

    Mary I want a guy who can play 36 holes of golf, and still have enough energy to take Warren and me to a baseball game, and eat sausages, and beer, not lite beer, but beer. That's my ad, print it up.

  4. Amy Ray:

    . . .you said good friends are hard to come by I laughed and bought you a beer 'cause it's too corny to cry well sentiment given and sentiment lost you shook it off with a smirk and a toss and you were only joking.

  5. Brian Hoyer:

    The whole team is there. And it turns into a beer-chugging contest. You have linemen, Julian Edelman, Tom Brady all think Tom Brady are going to win, then someone says : ‘ I heard Tom Brady is really great at chugging a beer. ’ We do n’t usually get to experience Julian Edelman like this, but we finally coax Julian Edelman into doing it. Julian Edelman does it, and let me tell you, you could n’t have poured out the beer faster into a glass. It was unbelievable. And Julian Edelman slams the mug on the table and puts both fists in the air.

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