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An alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘While we partied, many men were drunk from too much ale and mead.’
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’.
- ‘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.’
- ‘All the preceding afternoon and night heavy thunderstorms had hissed down upon the meads.’
- ‘Hall, cot, tree, tower, glade, mead, waste or woodland, are seen, passed, left behind, and vanish as in a dream.’
- ‘Bits of landscape and horizon are visible to either side of the Temple, and a flowery mead completes the foreground.’
Old English mǣd, of Germanic origin; related to mow.
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