\ 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 Purchase tickets online by Sept. 22 to receive a free commemorative stein. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Wurstfest: Hoist a stein to Wurstest, which returns for its 60th annual celebration following the 2019 fire that destroyed the Marktplaz building on the festival grounds and its first-ever cancellation in 2020 because of the pandemic. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Nov. 2021 Guests can buy beer by the glass or a $35 drink package, which includes four hours of beer service and the official MKE Oktoberfest beer stein to take home. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m., a stein hoisting competition at 6 p.m. and music by Liam Durkin at 7:30 p.m. There will be prizes, giveaways and a photo booth. Bob Bong,, 5 Oct. 2021 There’ll be a stein holding contest and a beer pong tournament in the Biergarten, German food and other treats, indoor and outdoor shopping, a costume contest, the Dachshund Derby and live music by various performers. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Holding a full stein under his nose like a sommelier, DeBoard praises Bewilder’s festbier. Jeff Parrott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 Festival tickets include a 12-ounce beer stein and two drink tokens. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 From Thursdays to Sundays through Oct. 3, raise a stein to over 60 years of Bavarian food specialties and beverages. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stein.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best travel mugs.

Learn More About stein

Dictionary Entries Near stein




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for stein

Last Updated

18 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Stein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for stein



English Language Learners Definition of stein

: a large mug for beer

More from Merriam-Webster on stein

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for stein

Nglish: Translation of stein for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!