See also: Mead and méad



Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mede, from Old English medu, from Proto-Germanic *meduz, from Proto-Indo-European *médʰu (honey; honey wine).


mead (usually uncountable, plural meads)

  1. An alcoholic drink fermented from honey and water.
  2. (US) A drink composed of syrup of sarsaparilla or other flavouring extract, and water, and sometimes charged with carbon dioxide.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old English mǣd. Cognate with West Frisian miede, Mede, German Low German Meed, Dutch made.


mead (plural meads)

  1. (poetic) A meadow.
    • a. 1722, Matthew Prior, “Dorinda”, in H. Bunker Wright, Monroe K. Spears, editors, The Literary Works of Matthew Prior, volume I, Second edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1971, page 693:
      Farewel ye crystal streams, that pass / Thro’ fragrant meads of verdant grass:
    • c. 1817, John Keats, Hither, hither, love —:
      Hither, hither, love — / ‘Tis a shady mead — / Hither, hither, love! / Let us feed and feed!
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, The Day-Dream[1], New York: E. P. Dutton, published 1885, page 72:
      But any man that walks the mead, / In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find,
    • 1848, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam, 28:
      Four voices of four hamlets round, / From far and near, on mead and moor, / Swell out and fail, as if a door / Were shut between me and the sound [] .
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles:
      '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, [...].

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  1. (Spain) Informal second-person plural (vosotros or vosotras) affirmative imperative form of mear.



From Old English mǣd.



  1. meadow


  • J. Poole W. Barnes, A Glossary, with Some Pieces of Verse, of the Old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy (1867)