noun \ˈsī-dər\

: a drink made from apples

Full Definition of CIDER

:  fermented apple juice often made sparkling by carbonation or fermentation in a sealed container
:  the expressed juice of fruit (as apples) used as a beverage or for making other products (as applejack)

Examples of CIDER

  1. a cup of apple cider

Origin of CIDER

Middle English sidre, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin sicera strong drink, from Greek (Septuagint) sikera, from Hebrew shēkhār
First Known Use: 13th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Expressed juice of apples. Apples are ground to a fine pulp and then pressed. Hard (alcoholic) cider is fermented in vats for up to three months before being filtered and aged (see fermentation). Sweet cider is unfermented and either drunk fresh (as in the U.S.) or mellowed in pressurized tanks first (particularly in Europe). Most cider in the U.S. is now pasteurized. Juice that is pasteurized, treated with a preservative, and often clarified before being hermetically sealed in cans or bottles is marketed as apple juice.


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