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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beer(noun)

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


  1. beer(Noun)

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

  2. beer(Noun)

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

  3. beer(Noun)

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

  4. beer(Noun)

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

  5. beer(Noun)

    A variety of the above beverages.

  6. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beer(noun)

    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. Beer(noun)

    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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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


  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. Hervey Allen:

    Religions change; beer and wine remain.

  2. Norman Mailer:

    I usually need a can of beer to prime me.

  3. Lee Busby:

    Hold my beer, we will just see about that.

  4. Jan Gustavsson:

    We were all working class, young and beer drinkers.

  5. Scott Rowan:

    I want to put my arm around him and buy him a beer.

Images & Illustrations of beer

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