Definition of beer in English:
- Brewers use several methods to produce beers and lagers with low alcohol content.
- They decide to spend a long weekend, catching up and drinking beers, as snow falls.
- We drank a few beers and Bill loved it: Ada was exactly as he thought my friends would be.
- beer and skittles
- [often with negative] British Amusement or enjoyment: life isn’t all beer and skittlesMore example sentences
- As we well know, the writer's life is all beer and skittles, answerable to no-one, making vast fortunes from every stroke of the pen… and those fabulous public engagements, reading to masses of adoring fans.
- Long term intense relationships have parts where you have to work at it - it ain't all beer and skittles.
- And as he said, working in China isn't all beer and skittles.
The ancestor of beer came from a Latin term used in monasteries. Classical Latin bibere ‘to drink’, is also behind beverage (Middle English), bibulous (late 17th century), and imbibe (Late Middle English). Although beer appears in Old English, it was not common before the 16th century, the usual word in earlier times being ale, which now refers to a drink made without hops. The late 16th-century proverb ‘Turkey, heresy, hops, and beer came into England all in one year’ reflects the difference. Ale continues to be applied to paler kinds of liquors for which the malt has not been roasted. Some areas still use beer and ale interchangeably. See also bib
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