- An alcoholic drink fermented from honey and water.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], OCLC 21345056, page 47:
- "Just come in," said Mrs. Churchill, "and take one glass of my mead." / "No—not even such a golden promise tempts me. I am afraid that Lord Marchmont will be at home before me—and he is not yet accustomed to be kept waiting."
- (US) A drink composed of syrup of sarsaparilla or other flavouring extract, and water, and sometimes charged with carbon dioxide.
mead (plural meads)
- (poetic) A meadow.
- c. 1817, John Keats, Hither, hither, love —:
- Hither, hither, love — / ‘Tis a shady mead — / Hither, hither, love! / Let us feed and feed!
- 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., […], OCLC 13623666:
- 'We must overhaul that mead,' he resumed; 'this mustn't continny!'
- 1920, H. P. Lovecraft, The Doom that Came to Sarnath:
- There ran little streams over bright pebbles, dividing meads of green and gardens of many hues, [...].
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 56