\ ˈstīn \

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 \

Definition of Stein (Entry 2 of 3)

Gertrude 1874–1946 American writer


biographical name (2)
\ ˈshtīn, ˈstīn \

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

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John was the stein of one of America's most distinguished military families. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Barack Obama's Speech at John McCain's Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018 Those beers will be sold in pint glasses or 29-ounce beer steins. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hartland beer garden will return to Nixon Park for the next four summers," 21 Mar. 2018 Maryland German Festival Feast on wurst and sauerkraut and schnitzel and strudel, all washed down with a stein or two of beer (or should that be Bier?). Chris Kaltenbach,, "Spice, sauerkraut and Barenaked Ladies: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 8 July 2018 Imported pilsner was flowing freely into the steins of the Bavarian Beerhouse, and some breweries don’t buy in CO2 during their production processes. NBC News, "Running dry? Britain's beer shortage comes to a head during the World Cup," 30 June 2018 Raise a stein to Oktoberfest time in New Glarus Sept. 21-24. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Apple Festival, Cranberry Festival and more to do in Wisconsin," 17 Sep. 2017 The first floor does hold some accessories and knickknacks: costume jewelry, neon beer signs, German beer steins, early 20th-century postcards, vintage Playboys and comic books. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Will the music finally stop at Recycled Records in Springfield?," 30 May 2018 It certainly is given top billing as part of the design: Pegs are installed in front of the bar windows to hold a display of more than 40 glass beer steins above more than 30 spigots. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat," 18 May 2018 For a $25 upgrade, dad will receive a souvenir glass stein filled with beer or soda and a framed photo. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Free beer! Free meals! Dads score big for Father's Day Sunday," 13 June 2018

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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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: a large mug for beer

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