rum·​mer | \ ˈrə-mər How to pronounce rummer (audio) \

Definition of rummer

: a large-bowled footed drinking glass often elaborately etched or engraved

Examples of rummer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apple, a 2015 Edgewood graduate, clinched his spot in Tokyo with a rummer-up finish in the 100-meter freestyle during the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Nebraska on June 17. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of rummer

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rummer

earlier also romer, borrowed from Dutch (17th century) roemer or German Römer, both meaning literally "person from Rome, Roman"

Note: The form rummer presumably shows secondary shortening of the vowel. Perhaps the original sense was "drinking vessel resembling Roman glass," though a more precise origin of the name is apparently unknown. An association with Dutch roemen "to praise," from the use of such glasses in toasting, is probably secondary.

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“Rummer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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