Webster 1913 Edition
Liquid for drinking; drink; – usually applied to drink artificially prepared and of an agreeable flavor;
as, an intoxicating.
He knew no
beveragebut the flowing stream.
Specifically, a name applied to various kinds of drink.
A treat, or drink money.
Webster 1828 Edition
In the middle ages, beverage, beveragium, or biberagium was money for drink given to an artificer of other person over and above his hire or wages. The practice has existed, to a certain extent, in American, within my memory,and I know not but it still exists in some parts of this country. A person who had a new garment, was called onto pay beverage, that is, to treat with liquor. Hence,
1.A treat on wearing a new suit of clothes, or on receiving a suit from the tailor; also a treat on first coming into prison; a garnish.
In England, water-cider, a mixture of cider and water, made by putting water into pumice before it is pressed.