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Webster 1913 Edition


Beverage

Bev′er-age

,
Noun.
[OF.
bevrage
, F.
breuvage
, fr.
beivre
to drink, fr. L.
bibere
. Cf.
Bib
,
Verb.
T.
,
Poison
,
Potable
.]
1.
Liquid for drinking; drink; – usually applied to drink artificially prepared and of an agreeable flavor;
as, an intoxicating
beverage
.
He knew no
beverage
but the flowing stream.
Thomson.
2.
Specifically, a name applied to various kinds of drink.
3.
A treat, or drink money.
[Slang]

Webster 1828 Edition


Beverage

BEV'ERAGE

,
Noun.
[L.bibo;] Drink; liquor for drinking. It is generally used of a mixed liquor. Nectar is called the beverage of the gods.
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.

Definition 2022


beverage

beverage

English

Noun

A selection of beverages at a buffet in Bratislava, Slovakia

beverage (plural beverages)

  1. (chiefly US) A liquid to consume, usually excluding water; a drink. This may include tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks.
    • Thomson
      He knew no beverage but the flowing stream.
  2. (slang, archaic) A treat, or drink money.

Usage notes

More elevated than plainer drink. Beverage is of French origin, while drink is of Old English origin, and this stylistic difference by origin is common; see list of English words with dual French and Anglo-Saxon variations.

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  • See also Wikisaurus:beverage

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Old French

Noun

beverage m (oblique plural beverages, nominative singular beverages, nominative plural beverage)

  1. Alternative form of bevrage