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beverage definition


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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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.



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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.
    • 1748, James Thomson, “Canto II”, in The Castle of Indolence: [], London: [] A[ndrew] Millar, [], →OCLC, stanza VII, page 44:
      He knew no Beverage but the flowing Stream; / His taſteful well-earn'd Food the ſilvan Game, []
    • 1848, J. S. Skinner & Son, editor, The Plough, The Loom and the Anvil[1], volume I, Philadelphia: J. S. Skinner & Son, page 137:
      [W]here coffee is used as a constant beverage, the gravel and the gout are scarcely known.
  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

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


  • IPA(key): /bɛvəˈraːd͡ʒ(ə)/, /ˈbɛvərad͡ʒ(ə)/


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.



Old French beverage definition


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

  1. Alternative form of bevrage