\ 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 The market features vendors selling everything from German steins to alpaca scarves, plus food including giant pretzels, hot chocolate and cheese. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Find holiday gifts and gluhwein at Old World Christmas markets in Wisconsin in 2019," 14 Nov. 2019 Saturday, American Legion Spenard Post 28, 7001 Brayton Drive, ( Alyeska: Beer will be served in souvenir steins paired with a sampling of Bavarian food. Anchorage Daily News, "Trending events in Anchorage this week: A fashion show, Oktoberfest and Cuban dance," 26 Sep. 2019 Pretend you’re at Oktoberfest in Munich with this 1-liter stein. Alicia Kortendick, al, "Get into the Oktoberfest spirit: 9 costume, accessory and decoration ideas," 19 Sep. 2019 At the annual Wurstfest, travelers and locals celebrate the city’s Bavarian roots with carnival rides and German fare including sauerkraut-laden bratwursts, schnitzel, and steins of beer. National Geographic, "November hot list: 5 essential experiences," 28 Oct. 2019 Giant steins of Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner Oktoberfest beers are $11, and there will be Oktoberfest swag. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 30 Sep. 2019 Every year, people break their noses or even die because aggressive drunks use steins as weapons. Anna Clauss, The Know, "How authentic is Denver’s Oktoberfest? We sent a German reporter to find out.," 23 Sep. 2019 Sharing a few steins and sausages is sure to make the changing of the seasons more bearable. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Oktoberfest in Chicago: 14 spots with celebrations, steins and sausages," 18 Sep. 2017 The party also features a stein-holding contest and music from the Deutchmeisters. Samantha Nelson,, "20 Oktoberfest events where you can celebrate beer and fall in Chicago and suburbs," 16 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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The first known use of stein was in 1855

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2 Dec 2019

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“Stein.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of stein

: a large mug for beer

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