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 At the very least, replace the water on the package with apple cider, coffee, even pink Champagne. Anne Byrn, Bon Appétit, 25 Feb. 2022 Serve in a highball glass filled with ice cubes and top it off with the cider. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2021 It is billed as having a touch of cinnamon, honey, and is steeped with apple cider from Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights. Marc Bona, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2021 Buttery Parker House Rolls provide the inspiration for these easy-to-make dinner rolls, which are sweetened with fresh apple cider that’s been boiled down to a syrup. oregonlive, 17 Nov. 2021 Caramel is already an iconic fall flavor, but these sweets from Southern Caramel kick things up a notch with these candies made with Vermont apple cider. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Add the apples to an 8- to 10-quart heavy pot ($60, Walmart) with apple cider or apple juice. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Sep. 2021 In Minnetonka, Reach for Resources, Inc., which provides mental health services, is luring donors with the chance to win a sleigh ride with apple cider and cocoa. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, 17 Nov. 2020 In the summer, a lemonade ice ball replaces the apple cider. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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

Kids Definition of cider

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

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