\ 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

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Servers at last year’s Oktoberfest in Munich donned Ottobock exoskeletons to carry trays of beer steins. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 Servers at last year’s Oktoberfest in Munich donned Ottobock’s Paexo exoskeleton to carry beer steins. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 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

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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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