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 Food & Wine magazine says the American cider market captures 1% of the beer market. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dry hard ciders used to be the rage in Wisconsin. A new cider maker wants to bring that back," 17 Mar. 2020 This year’s soups are cider braised beef and bean from South Restaurant and french green lentil soup from Snow City Cafe. Anchorage Daily News, "Melt away the winter blues with these local events: Ja Rule, Food Truck Carnival and the Empty Bowl Project," 12 Mar. 2020 First: Soup or frisee salad with Great Lakes growers greens, feta cheese, golden raisins, toasted pepitas, cider vinaigrette. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Zack Bruell Restaurant Week set to begin," 8 Jan. 2020 Within the last few years, cider brewery Hidden Star Orchards, vegan creamery Mr. Dewie’s and more have moved in. Janelle Bitker,, "Food manufacturers find a home in San Leandro," 27 Dec. 2019 The all-ages celebration includes an after party with favors, deserts, champagne or cider toast and a midnight balloon drop. Clifford Summerhill, azcentral, "Family-friendly New Year's Eve in Phoenix: You don't even have to wait until midnight," 23 Dec. 2019 What these tours teach is how rich white Southerners once celebrated Christmas: singing Christmas carols, dancing, drinking the cider brew wassail and enjoying refreshments or formal meals. Robert E. May, The Conversation, "Slave life’s harsh realities are erased in Christmas tours of Southern plantations," 12 Dec. 2019 Powell and Davies had made their discovery in Herefordshire, an agrarian county in the West Midlands of England that is best known for its beef cattle and cider production., "Powell and Davies had made their discovery in Herefordshire, an agrarian county in the West Midlands of England that is best known for its beef cattle and cider production.," 25 Nov. 2019 Apple cider donuts, one of the great autumnal pleasures in the American northeast, are being made here in Houston. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Hot mini apple cider donuts from Adair Kitchen now available," 20 Nov. 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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“Cider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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