\ ˈstīn How to pronounce stein (audio) \

Definition of stein

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


biographical name (1)
\ ˈstīn How to pronounce Stein (audio) \

Definition of Stein (Entry 2 of 3)

Gertrude 1874–1946 American writer


biographical name (2)
\ ˈshtīn How to pronounce Stein (audio) , ˈstīn How to pronounce Stein (audio) \

Definition of Stein (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of stein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the authentic gatherings that make Oktoberfest feel like Oktoberfest – stein-lifting contests, dozens of food stands selling schnitzel and strudel – are taking a backseat this year. Phillip Valys,, "Prost! These South Florida bars, German-American clubs still give a schnitzel about Oktoberfest," 7 Oct. 2020 Two time slots — 3 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. — will include live music and a beer stein-holding competition with prizes. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 24 Sep. 2020 Every food pack will also include a free souvenir stein and home plate doormat. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Texas Rangers’ ‘Field to Table’ delivers hot dogs, pizza and other ballpark snacks," 18 Aug. 2020 WurstBar will have a stein club and offer tap beer in glass boots. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The owners of Jack's and the Brat House are bringing a Berlin-themed bar to Brady Street," 28 Apr. 2020 Come spring, garage doors will open to Westward’s new deck where the 21-and-over crowd can also partake in games of gelande quaffing, which involves sliding beer steins across a table and then chugging them. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Big Sky's Sweeping Revamp Moves the Montana Resort Beyond Ski," 6 Feb. 2020 During freestyle painting, participants can choose to paint on a canvas (ranging from 5-by-7 to 12-by-24), or glassware, such as, wine glasses or beer steins. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This traveling paint and sip business puts on about 120 events a year. Now it's opening a studio in Waukesha.," 20 Feb. 2020 Jerry and Bonny Miller, of Rockville, enjoy their full beer steins at the Rotary Club's Oktoberfest at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster on Saturday, Oct. 3. Lois Szymanski,, "Central Carroll: Oktoberfest bringing German culture to Agriculture Center; A Culinary Experience fundraiser," 30 Sep. 2019 Admission is free, but VIP packages ($50) are available with reserved seating, a three-course family-style feast, a welcome beer, your very own Oktoberfest stein, and a tour. Kara Baskin,, "Fall is around the corner, and at Jack’s Abby, so is Oktoberfest," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stein


1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stein


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

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“Stein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stein

: a large mug for beer

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