See also: bier

Alemannic GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German bier, from Old High German bior, from Proto-Germanic *beuzą (beer), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰews-, *bheus- (dross, sediment, brewer's yeast). Cognate with German Bier, Dutch bier, English beer, Icelandic bjór. More at beer.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Bier n (plural Bier)

  1. beer

Central FranconianEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German bier, from Old High German bior, from Proto-Germanic *beuzą.

NounEdit

Bier n or m (plural Bier)

  1. (many dialects) beer (drink)
Usage notesEdit
  • Masculine in southern Moselle Franconian, otherwise neuter.
Alternative formsEdit
  • Beer (western Moselle Franconian)

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle High German bēr, from Old High German bēr, from Proto-Germanic *bairaz.

NounEdit

Bier m (plural Biere)

  1. (most dialects) a male uncastrated pig; a boar
    Buur, Bär un Bier sinn drei kodde Dier.
    Farmer, bear and boar are three evil animals. (Old Colognian proverb expressing city-dwellers’ snobbery)
See alsoEdit

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German bier, from Old High German bior, from Proto-Germanic *beuzą (beer), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰews-, *bheus- (dross, sediment, brewer's yeast). Akin to Dutch bier, Low German Beer, bêr, English beer, Icelandic bjór. More at beer.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /biːɐ̯/
  • Rhymes: -iːɐ̯
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NounEdit

Bier n (genitive Bieres, plural Biere or Bier, diminutive Bierchen n)

  1. (beverage) beer (alcoholic drink fermented from starch material; a serving of this beverage)
  2. (informal) business, beeswax (personal affairs)

Usage notesEdit

  • As is common with beverages in German, the unchanged plural Bier can be used after numerals in the sense of “quantities of beer” (glasses, bottles, cans). One may order: „Zwei Bier, bitte!“ – “Two beers, please!” (Nota bene: In many places of the German language area, this is not a common order; instead one needs to specify Pils, Weißbier, Kölsch, etc.)
  • The marked plural Biere is used to mean different kinds of beer. For example: „Pils und Kölsch sind beliebte deutsche Biere.“ – “Pils and Kölsch are popular German beers.”

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Italian: birra (see there for further descendants)
  • Romanian: bere
  • Swedish: bir

Further readingEdit

  • Bier in Duden online
  • Bier” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Bier” in PONS (pons.com)

LuxembourgishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *berô. Compare German Bär, English bear, Dutch beer.

NounEdit

Bier m (plural Bieren)

  1. bear
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *bazją. Compare German Beere, Danish bær, English berry.

NounEdit

Bier n (plural Bier)

  1. berry
Derived termsEdit

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare German Bier, Dutch bier, English beer.

NounEdit

Bier n (plural Biere)

  1. beer

Derived termsEdit