from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water.
  • n. Archaic A meadow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an alcoholic drink fermented from honey and water
  • n. A meadow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fermented drink made of water and honey with malt, yeast, etc.; metheglin; hydromel.
  • n. A drink composed of sirup of sarsaparilla or other flavoring extract, and water. It is sometimes charged with carbonic acid gas.
  • n. A meadow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong liquor made by mixing honey with water and flavoring it, yeast or some similar ferment being added, and the whole allowed to ferment.
  • n. A sweet drink charged with carbonic gas, and flavored with some syrup, as sarsaparilla.
  • n. Same as meadow: now chiefly used in poetry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States philosopher of pragmatism (1863-1931)
  • n. made of fermented honey and water
  • n. United States anthropologist noted for her claims about adolescence and sexual behavior in Polynesian cultures (1901-1978)


Middle English, from Old English meodu; see medhu- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English mede, from Old English mǣd; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English mede, from Old English medu, from Proto-Germanic *meduz, from Proto-Indo-European *médʰu ‘honey; honey wine’. (Wiktionary)
From Old English mǣd. Cognate with West Frisian miede, Low German Meed, Mede. (Wiktionary)



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    Traveling across the wet mead to me here,
    You being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness,
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