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beer  (b?r)
a. A fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and flavored with hops.
b. A fermented beverage brewed by traditional methods that is then dealcoholized so that the finished product contains no more than 0.5 percent alcohol.
c. A carbonated beverage produced by a method in which the fermentation process is either circumvented or altered, resulting in a finished product having an alcohol content of no more than 0.01 percent.
2. A beverage made from extracts of roots and plants: birch beer.
3. A serving of one of these beverages.

[Middle English ber, from Old English bor, from West Germanic, probably from Latin bibere, to drink; see p(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

beer  /br/  n. [C;U] 1 a bitter alcoholic drink usu. made from grain: She had a sandwich and a beer for lunch. 2 a drink made from a plant or root: ginger beer, root beer
adj.infrml. beer belly: a big stomach, (syn.) a paunch: That guy has a beer belly. beer

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