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

Examples of stein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rookwood Pottery will make the official steins for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in 2024, the Cincinnati Regional Chamber announced Thursday. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 11 July 2024 Indeed, Babylon Berlin has been a hit locally and in the States on Netflix, so steins will have been clinking in beer halls around the world when the final run was officially confirmed on Tuesday. Max Goldbart, Deadline, 28 June 2024 Bernie Brewer would slide out of the chalet and into a giant stein of beer after every home run or if the Brewers won the game, setting the stage for celebration. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2024 And the key to the gun lock was hidden in a beer stein. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for stein 

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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 25 Jul. 2024.

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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