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I would think that you would be hard pressed to get a definitive answer on that since the boats being sailed when the term was coined couldn't point as high close hauled as you do on a close reach.
I've always thought the term to mean making your way to weather. If you chose to fall off a little for comfort and sacrfice vmg, I would say that you are still beating.