Bier

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Alemannic German[edit]

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Bier n (plural Bier)

  1. beer

German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German bier, from Old High German bior, from Proto-Germanic *beuzą (beer), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰews-, *bheus- (dross, sediment, brewer's yeast). Akin to Dutch bier, Low German Beer, bêr, English beer, Icelandic bjór. More at beer.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /biːɐ̯/
  • Rhymes: -iːɐ̯
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Noun[edit]

Bier n (genitive Biers or Bieres, plural Biere or Bier, diminutive Bierchen n)

  1. (beverage) beer (alcoholic drink fermented from starch material; a serving of this beverage)
  2. (informal) business, beeswax (personal affairs)

Usage notes[edit]

  • As is common with beverages in German, the unchanged plural Bier can be used after numerals in the sense of “quantities of beer” (glasses, bottles, cans). One may order: „Zwei Bier, bitte!“ – “Two beers, please!” (Nota bene: In many places of the German language area, this is not a common order; instead one needs to specify Pils, Weißbier, Kölsch, etc.)
  • The marked plural Biere is used to mean different kinds of beer. For example: „Pils und Kölsch sind beliebte deutsche Biere.“ – “Pils and Kölsch are popular German beers.”

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bier” in canoo.net
  • Bier in Duden online
  • Bier” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Bier” in PONS (pons.com)

Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *berô. Compare German Bär, English bear, Dutch beer.

Noun[edit]

Bier m (plural Bieren)

  1. bear
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bazją. Compare German Beere, Danish bær, English berry.

Noun[edit]

Bier n (plural Bier)

  1. berry
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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German Bier, Dutch bier, English beer.

Noun[edit]

Bier n (plural Biere)

  1. beer