beverage

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Etymology[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

A selection of beverages at a buffet in Bratislava, Slovakia

beverage ‎(plural beverages)

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

Usage notes[edit]

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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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. Alternative form of bevrage