One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly in commercial use) a drink other than water.
- ‘Business lunches and home visits are likely to include the offer of alcoholic beverages.’
- ‘There were pistachio nuts and alcoholic beverages and freshly baked cakes.’
- ‘As these items are costly, most people can only afford local beverages such as maize beer and palm wine.’
- ‘You would not believe what an infinite variety of alcoholic beverages are out there.’
- ‘Experts suggest that sufferers should avoid spicy food and alcoholic beverages.’
- ‘In this country each individual is free to decide whether or not to drink alcoholic beverages.’
- ‘With the facilities open daily, young people will be able to get soft drinks, hot beverages and snacks.’
- ‘I prefer coffee, or tea, or fruit juice - beverages we are beginning to drink less of as our water intake grows.’
- ‘Everyone is welcome to attend, but there will be no alcoholic beverages allowed.’
- ‘The rest of my gifts seem to consist entirely of alcoholic beverages.’
- ‘You have given us a rule, although it is not particularly clear, on the beverage and water issue.’
- ‘Warm water was mixed with the alcoholic beverages to enhance their odor and flavor.’
- ‘Caffeine in sodas, teas and other beverages can stay in our system up to seven hours.’
- ‘One of the tea ladies revealed that her employer had an unusual taste in beverages as he enjoyed his cup of tea with a spoonful of honey.’
- ‘When our espressos arrived, I was hugely relieved to see two strong beverages served in short coffee cups.’
- ‘Do not drink iced, carbonated or caffeinated beverages and avoid alcohol and milk with meals.’
- ‘Food and beverages such as tea, coffee, cola and red wine can be one of the reasons.’
- ‘Do you like to drink warm beverages in the morning or do you prefer yours cold?’
- ‘Note that this amount of sodium exceeds that typically available in commercial beverages.’
- ‘As Katt leaned her head down to drink her beverage a lock of hair fell out of place into her eyes.’
Middle English: from Old French bevrage, based on Latin bibere ‘to drink’.
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