1. [syn: yeoman, yeoman of the guard, beefeater]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beefeater \Beef"eat`er\ (b[=e]f"[=e]t`[~e]r), n. [Beef + eater;
prob. one who eats another's beef, as his servant. Cf. AS.
hl[=a]f[=ae]ta servant, properly a loaf eater.]
1. One who eats beef; hence, a large, fleshy person.
2. One of the yeomen of the guard, in England.
3. (Zool.) An African bird of the genus Buphaga, which
feeds on the larv[ae] of botflies hatched under the skin
of oxen, antelopes, etc. Two species are known.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British
monarch [syn: yeoman, yeoman of the guard, beefeater]