ETYM Old Fren. bevrage, French breuvage, from beivre to drink, from Latin bibere. Related to Bib, Poison, Potable.
Any liquid suitable for drinking; SYN. drink, drinkable, potable.
Any liquid for drinking other than pure water. Beverages are made with plant products to impart pleasant flavors, nutrients, and stimulants to people's fluid intake. Examples include juices, tea, coffee, cocoa, cola drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
The juices of grapes and other fruits are fermented to produce wines, while fermented cereals form the basis of beers and liquors. See also alcoholic beverage.