ci·​der | \ ˈsī-dər How to pronounce cider (audio) \

Definition of cider

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

Examples of cider in a Sentence

a cup of apple cider
Recent Examples on the Web An estimated 51 million pints of beer, cider and lager are at risk of getting thrown away in the U.K. as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, according to a British consumer organization. NBC News, "Millions of pints of beer could be poured down the drain in the U.K.," 15 Apr. 2020 Customers will also be able to buy canned beer, cider and wine to go. Justin Phillips,, "As the coronavirus spreads, a popular Bay Area restaurant cuts dine-in service. Is it starting a trend?," 12 Mar. 2020 The 17th annual World of Beer Festival is hosted by the Beer Barons of Milwaukee, and is a chance to sample more than 350 beers, meads and ciders from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the beer festivals planned in and around Milwaukee for the rest of 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 Add the Silver Package for $25 and get complimentary champagne, wine or cider; sausage and cheese platter; bouquet of flowers; cheesecake dessert; drink tickets and more. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020 Get ready for unlimited samplings from multiple mead and cider makers at the Circle City Industrial Complex. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 29 November festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 1 Nov. 2019 Tickets are $30 per person and provide a wine trail glass, a six-bottle wine tote and samplings of wine and ciders paired with local food at any of the wineries. Phil Marty,, "Make tracks to Trainfest, get spooky in Indiana and more Midwest events," 16 Oct. 2019 Ford and Stinson’s new Self Serve Drinkery is holding a soft opening, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Self Serve Drinkery will boast 28 taps, - 24 beer and cider taps and four wine taps, two of those wines chilled. Matt Wake |, al, "Self-serve beer now pouring in downtown Huntsville," 14 Mar. 2020 Add the apple cider and broth to the pan and heat until boiling. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Year of the Apple continues with savory trio of recipes," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cider

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cider

Middle English sider, sedyr, cidre "alcoholic drink (in Biblical translations and references), cider," borrowed from Anglo-French sizre, ciser, cydre, going back to Gallo-Romance *cīsera, by metathesis form of Late Latin (Vulgate) sīcera "alcoholic drink," borrowed from Greek (Septuagint) síkera, borrowed from Hebrew shēkhār, from a Semitic base š-k-r, whence Hebrew shākhar "become drunk," Arabic sikara

Note: The medieval French form sizre is attested once, in the 12th-century Cambridge, or Eadwine Psalter, where it appears as a translation of the Latin siceram in Psalm 68:14 (the Vulgate has vinum in this passage). (For other medieval outcomes and modern dialect forms see Französisches etymologisches Wörterbuch, v. 11, pp. 589-90.) Presumably *cīs(ĕ)ra yielded *tsizdra, which with loss of the internal sibilant yielded cidre (see Pierre Fouché, Phonétique historique du français, vol. 3 [Paris: Klincksieck, 1966], p. 822). Latin sīcera and its vernacular outcomes were likely disseminated and applied to the fermented juice of fruit, especially apples, in monasteries, particularly in non-wine-producing areas of Europe such as Normandy; Norman localization would also account for the thorough penetration of the word into Anglo-French.

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The first known use of cider was in the 13th century

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“Cider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cider

: a drink made from apples


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: the juice pressed out of fruit (as apples) and used especially as a drink and in making vinegar

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