Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Beefeater (i.e. dependent: the supposed connection with buffetier, attendant at a buffet or sideboard, is given up), a popular name for the Yeomen of the Guard (q.v.) and of the warders of the Tower of London, who were named Yeomen Extraordinary by Edward VI., and wear the same uniforms as the regular Yeomen. The former first appeared at the coronation of Henry VII., and attend the sovereign at royal banquets and other state ceremonies.