\ 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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Among the festivities will be a stein-holding competition at 5 and 8 p.m. Marc Bona,, "Beer calendar: Great Lakes Brewing Co. anniversary party, Sips & Swigs, more," 2 Sep. 2019 The festival, with live music, stein-holding competitions and more than 20 vendors, is a fundraising event for the West Milwaukee Lions Club; admission is free, but wristbands to buy beer and booze cost $3. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, including the first Oktoberfest of the year (yes, in August)," 22 Aug. 2019 Saturday, June 22: Der Braumeister will host Staatliches Hofbräu München Brewery Masskrugstemmen, a stein-holding contest, 6-9 p.m. One female and one male will advance to Chicago to compete in regionals. Marc Bona,, "Beer calendar: Platform’s 5th anniversary party, Great Lakes dinner and release, more," 3 June 2019 There will also be fun activities -- a stein holding competition, costume contest, ax throwing, fortune telling and palm reading. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening this week: Sublime with Rome, Queen Nation and a weed smackdown," 8 Aug. 2019 During the Cold War, the West German Army balanced a stein full of beer on the tip of a Leopard 2 tank, to demonstrate the tank’s ability to keep the main gun on target while the 60 ton vehicle was on the move. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Tank Transforms Into World's Largest Fruit Slicer," 10 July 2019 The event features contestants trying to see who can hold a stein of beer filled with one liter of beer, arm straight, the longest. John Petkovic,, "Show of Bavarian strength: Der Braumeister to host stein-holding competition," 21 June 2019 For a true biergarten experience, King Ludwig's serves up giant pretzels and refillable steins at outdoor picnic tables. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 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

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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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