ci·​der | \ˈsī-dər \

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

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Pubs pretty much exclusively carry the big guys – Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp, Murphy’s, Beamish, O’Hara’s, and some macro ciders – along with a few mass-market Irish whiskeys. Tara Nurin,, "In Dublin, a story of whiskey is more than just one night at the pub," 8 June 2018 Sanford Tuffy’s Bottle Shop & Lounge (200 S. Myrtle Ave.): Drink up a local craft beer — or a cider at this new bar and cidery. Lauren Delgado,, "Take on a Central Florida beer crawl," 24 May 2018 Among Friday’s half-dozen offerings was an amber ale called Amberlance, an IPA dubbed Pew Pew, and Weerder, which Japs described as having a cider or almost fruit soda taste. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Five Churches Brewing Joins Drive To Make New Britain A Craft Beer Hub," 30 Mar. 2018 Over the past few weeks, Coca-Cola’s European bottler temporarily halted some of its production lines and Booker, the U.K.’s biggest wholesaler, was forced to ration sales of beer, ciders and soft drinks. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Carbon Dioxide Shortage Is Threatening the U.K.’s Supply of Beer and Crumpets," 3 July 2018 The ciders will be available on tap starting July 3 for $7 a glass, with $1 benefitting the Mesa Veteran’s Resource Center. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Among the half-dozen drafts, the local Prima farmhouse cider is an excellent pairing with many of these dishes, and, amid a trio of cocktails, the Coalmine's Canary is a truly delightful refresher of Malort, gin, and grapefruit. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 More than 70 craft ciders and beers will also be on tap from local brewers. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Summer barbeque festivals at theme parks," 24 May 2018 The new cider is 5.5% ABV and is available across the country in both six and 12-packs now. Lyndsey Matthews, Marie Claire, "This New Rosé Hard Cider Is Here to Give You a Break from Your Go-To Wine," 22 Feb. 2018

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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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: 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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