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beverage definition

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This page has 6 definitions of beverage in English and Middle English. Beverage is a noun. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English beverage definition

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Etymology

From Middle English beverage, from Old French beverage, variant of bevrage, from beivre (to drink), variant of boivre (to drink), from Latin bibō. Related to imbibe.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbevəɹɪdʒ/, /ˈbevɹɪdʒ/
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Noun

A selection of beverages at a buffet in Bratislava, Slovakia

beverage (countable and uncountable, plural beverages)

  1. (chiefly Canada, US) A liquid to consume; a drink, such as tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks, usually excluding water.
  2. (Britain, slang, archaic) (A gift of) 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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Middle English beverage definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old French beverage, variant of bevrage; equivalent to bever +‎ -age. For forms such as berage, compare Middle French berage, variant of breuvage.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛvərˈaːdʒ(ə)/, /ˈbɛvəradʒ(ə)/, /ˈbɛvərɛdʒ(ə)/, /ˈbɛvəritʃ(ə)/

Noun

beverage (plural beverages)

  1. An (alcoholic) beverage or beverages.
  2. Such a beverage used to close negotiations; said negotiations in themselves.
  3. Hardship, pain, torment; events that are hard to handle.

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Old French beverage definition

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

  1. Alternative form of bevrage