cider

noun
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

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Crisp air, apple cider pit stops, and of course, brilliant foliage—there’s truly no better time for a family road trip than the fall. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 The cider garden is open year-round, rain or shine. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Destination Dining: Finnriver Farm & Cidery," 25 Sep. 2018 Pier 3, 1398 The Embarcadero, S.F. www.hornblower.com/home/sf Jack London Square Fourth of July Block Party Live music and entertainment, beer/cider garden, barbecue, local shopping, kids zone and more. SFChronicle.com, "July 4 events," 28 June 2018 Txuleta The second-story deck over Brugge Brasserie in Broad Ripple is no secret, but this new Basque-style cider house elevates the experience. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These rooftop bars and restaurants will help you live your best summer," 18 June 2018 Ferndale’s getting its first international beer, mead & cider fest! Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "7 must-go summer beer events in Michigan," 11 June 2018 There are no rules in this new category of cider experimentation. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "Catching the rosé cider buzz, with a tasting of our favorites," 17 May 2018 Add cider, mustard and thyme and vigorously simmer until slightly thickened and glistening, 5 to 6 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mustard Glazed Pork Chops," 21 Dec. 2018 In one romantic scene, the two whip up some homemade apple cider at a cozy locale owned by Gretchen's aunt, called the Silverpine Inn. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas Made to Order' Was Filmed in This Cozy Bed and Breakfast," 23 Dec. 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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cider

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cider

: a drink made from apples

cider

noun
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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