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 Even local town bars like Miner's Saloon in Golden, Colorado are seeing younger drinkers reaching for ciders and seltzers these days. CBS News, "As beer sales decline, top brewers turn to creative new alternatives," 30 Jan. 2020 Take off the heat, remove sachet, and puree all of the fruit and cider. Matt Wettish, Field & Stream, "9 Hunting Camp Cocktails for the Holidays," 20 Dec. 2019 Santa will serve up hot chocolate and cider on the weekends and the bar will serve a themed TV dinner with a turkey leg and Jell-O. 4 p.m. to 2 am. Samantha Nelson,, "12 holiday pop-ups in Chicago to get you in the mood," 4 Dec. 2019 Try the popular Levity cider, which matures in terra-cotta vessels buried underground and offers hints of black cherry, lemon zest, and caramel. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "How to see the Virginia Piedmont? Just follow Thomas Jefferson," 29 Nov. 2019 Make the whole experience even more cozy by sipping cider and listening to carolers. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "14 traditional events that make it feel like Christmas and the holidays in Indianapolis," 27 Nov. 2019 Over 6,000 flickering luminarias set the graceful courtyards ablaze from 3-8 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, free cider and a jolly old elf named Santa on hand through the afternoon. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Here's where to see the best Christmas lights around Arizona," 22 Nov. 2019 Baskets count as one point each in the game, which annually draws scores of parents and alumnae, many of whom sit bundled atop surrounding hillsides while sipping hot cocoa or cider for warmth. Rich Scherr,, "18 players, 3 courts, 125 years of tradition: Brownie vs. Spider basketball game at St. Timothy’s as spirited as ever," 20 Nov. 2019 Free homemade cookies, hot chocolate and cinnamon cider in small log cabin. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Where can I cut a Christmas tree near Louisville? Here are 12+ farms and lots in the area," 15 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 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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