\ 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


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\ 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 Jerry and Bonny Miller, of Rockville, enjoy their full beer steins at the Rotary Club's Oktoberfest at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster on Saturday, Oct. 3. Lois Szymanski,, "Central Carroll: Oktoberfest bringing German culture to Agriculture Center; A Culinary Experience fundraiser," 30 Sep. 2019 Admission is free, but VIP packages ($50) are available with reserved seating, a three-course family-style feast, a welcome beer, your very own Oktoberfest stein, and a tour. Kara Baskin,, "Fall is around the corner, and at Jack’s Abby, so is Oktoberfest," 6 Sep. 2019 As a historian of both 19th and 20th century antiquities, Max aided others in researching regimental steins and military collections., "Richard Max Scheller Sr.," 11 Aug. 2019 The pair also received a dinner plate printed with a photo of them at the US Open tennis tournament and a beer stein printed with a collage of friendship photos. Hannah Chubb,, "Tyler Cameron Decorated His New Apartment with Hilarious Tributes to His Bromance with BFF Matt," 6 Nov. 2019 Tickets are $20 per person and include a free stein (traditional Oktoberfest drinking mugs), German food and more. Austen Erblat,, "Not even beer goggles can ruin this Oktoberfest art experience," 4 Oct. 2019 The long line at the entrance — and the outrageous price of $10 for one stein of beer — completed my impression of being at home. Anna Clauss, The Know, "How authentic is Denver’s Oktoberfest? We sent a German reporter to find out.," 23 Sep. 2019 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

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Stein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stein

: a large mug for beer

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