: a large mug (as of earthenware) used especially for beer
also : the quantity of beer that a stein holds

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 21 listen to live music, compete in best dressed or beer stein holding competition or play giant JENGA and cornhole. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 25 May 2023 Summiting 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak in summer is a must, as is pedaling the high-altitude singletrack on the north side of the ski valley, followed by the mixed-sausage plate (bratwurst, Nürnberger, and Debrezinar in one serving!) and a 32-ounce stein of Spaten Lager at the aptly named Bavarian. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 6 Jan. 2022 Grab your favorite beer stein. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2022 The first is the main bar, where a jukebox plays favorite songs and beer steins hang from the ceiling. Megan Dubois, Chron, 24 Feb. 2023 The stein-hoisting competition starts at 7 p.m. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 Thirty thousand beer liter steins. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023 SteelCraft Long Beach leads the festivities with a yodeling competition, stein-holding competition, costume contest and live band Oct. 1 from noon to 10 p.m., while the Bellflower outpost follows suit on Oct. 8 and Garden Grove hosts its own Oktoberfest party on Oct. 29. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 The Hofbräu Spieler Band will be playing live oompah music, and the first 50 attendees to arrive will receive a limited-edition Night Shift Brewing stein. Maya Homan,, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably from German Steingut stoneware, from Stein stone + Gut goods

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stein was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Stein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a pottery mug for beer

Biographical Definition

Stein 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Gertrude 1874–1946 American writer


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

(Heinrich Friedrich) Karl 1757–1831 Freiherr vom und zum Stein Prussian statesman

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