Thanks to native speaker, to my question.

My question is at the title, when you say only "beverages", would it implicitly mean (only) the alcohol?

Merriam Unabridged says,

1 : liquid for drinking; especially : such liquid other than water (such as tea, milk, fruit juice, beer) usually prepared (as by flavoring, heating, admixing) before being consumed

2 archaic : any of several prepared drinks: such as a : a drink made by passing water through pressed grapes b : weak beer c : diluted cider

3 dialectal, British : a drink or drink money especially when exacted from someone wearing manifestly new clothes

It includes other than alcohol. Could you kindly enlighten me?

I truly appreciate your support.

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    The definition you quote mentions one alcoholic beverage (beer) and three non-alcoholic ones! Dec 29 '19 at 16:41
  • @KateBunting Yeah....I'm sorry I can't get what you exactly try to mean...
    – user17814
    Dec 29 '19 at 17:04
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    Kate means "Why do you need to ask if 'beverage' means 'alcoholic drink' when you have an authorative source that says it doesn't". Its not clear why need to ask this question as your source contains the answer.
    – James K
    Dec 29 '19 at 17:51
  • @JamesK Thanks for the clarification. May be I had some preconception that the word beverage means implicitly a bottle or can of alcohol drink.
    – user17814
    Dec 29 '19 at 19:12

Wiktionary defines beverage as:


beverage (countable and uncountable, plural beverages)

  1. A liquid to consume; a drink, such as tea, coffee, liquor, beer, milk, juice, or soft drinks, usually excluding water.
    • Thomson
      He knew no beverage but the flowing stream.
  2. (Britain, slang, archaic) (A gift of) drink money.

This is very similar to the Merriam Unabridged definition you found.

A beverage is basically a flavoured drink. Note Wiktionary excludes plain water, as does Merriam Unabridged.

Native speakers will often think of alcoholic beverages, but not exclusively. When I read your question I very quickly thought of tea as a non-alcoholic beverage.

  • Thanks! Especially here "When I read your question I very quickly thought of tea as a non-alcoholic beverage."
    – user17814
    Dec 29 '19 at 10:06
  • Certainly in British usage, if you want to unambiguously discuss alcoholic beverages, you call them 'alcoholic beverages'. Dec 29 '19 at 11:09
  • @MichaelHarvey And if you want to unambiguously discuss nonalcoholic beverages, you call them "nonalcoholic beverages".
    – CJ Dennis
    Dec 29 '19 at 11:31
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    You can't argue with the dictionary definition. However, "beverage" is a somewhat formal term, and in casual conversation, it is often used to imply that alcohol is being at least suggested. Dec 31 '19 at 0:07
  • @JefftheChf Thank you for your comment! That's what I wanted to say in my question. I don't know where my assumption or biased thought came from, but personally when I hear the word "beverage", I always think "Is it beer?".
    – user17814
    Dec 31 '19 at 2:40

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