: 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 Beer steins clutched in the hands of dozens of strangers crowded together at long wooden tables under tree canopies represents the city’s long devotion to the craft of beer brewing and community, and pays tribute to the city’s sturdy Germanic roots. Molly Beck, Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2024 Sunday afternoon also featured live entertainment, eating and stein hoisting contests, plenty of other things to eat and more. Heather McRea, Orange County Register, 2 June 2024 Leavenworth With its Bavarian-style architecture, mountain views, and taverns doling out steins of German beer and traditional dishes like käsespätzle, you'd be forgiven for mistaking this small town in central Washington for the type of alpine village it's modeled after. Zoe Baillargeon, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2024 They’re served in Lilliputian beer steins that look like they were pulled from a doll house. Becky Cooper, New York Times, 7 May 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 24 Jun. 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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