Main definitions of mead in English

: mead1mead2

mead1

noun

historical
  • An alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water.

    • ‘While we partied, many men were drunk from too much ale and mead.’
    • ‘Warriors with old scars and ever-honed muscles drank their mead and shared stories of their own battles.’
    • ‘Aside from that there was a large barrel of mead and a keg of fine ale.’
    • ‘Servants brought mead, wine and some cakes, but she had none of it.’
    • ‘Almost all the tables were full with drunken commoners, washing away their troubles with ale and strong mead.’

Origin

Old English me(o)du, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch mee and German Met, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit madhu sweet drink, honey and Greek methu wine.

Pronunciation:

mead

/mēd/

Main definitions of mead in English

: mead1mead2

mead2

noun

literary
  • A meadow.

    • ‘Hall, cot, tree, tower, glade, mead, waste or woodland, are seen, passed, left behind, and vanish as in a dream.’
    • ‘Instead of brick courtyards and side-lit rooms where music is played and good housewifery rules, we have boats, meads, cows, horsemen and horsewomen.’
    • ‘Gone was the safe, familiar home, set amidst a tumble of rolling, well-tilled fields dotted with farm buildings, and grassy meads redolent with the scent of wildflowers.’
    • ‘Bits of landscape and horizon are visible to either side of the Temple, and a flowery mead completes the foreground.’
    • ‘All the preceding afternoon and night heavy thunderstorms had hissed down upon the meads.’

Origin

Old English mǣd, of Germanic origin; related to mow.

Pronunciation:

mead

/mēd/