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[sahy-der] /ˈsaɪ dər/
the juice pressed from apples (or formerly from some other fruit) used for drinking, either before fermentation (sweet cider) or after fermentation (hard cider) or for making applejack, vinegar, etc.
Also, British, cyder.
Origin of cider
1250-1300; Middle English sidre < Middle French < Old French si(s)dre < Late Latin sīcera strong drink < Septuagint Greek sī́kera < Hebrew shēkhār (Levit. 10:9); replacing Middle English sithere < Old French sidre
Related forms
ciderish, ciderlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cider
  • We snatched a table and downed sparkling apple cider, veggie pot-pies and meringue topped with strawberries.
  • And no spirits or super-strength beer, cider or wine can be sold.
  • Enjoy free hot apple cider, fruit and coffee in the hotel lobby.
  • The pub features eight beers on tap, including imported ales and cider, and more than a dozen bottled beers.
  • Snacks and drinks--such as hot cider and roasted nuts--will be offered throughout the zoo.
  • All survivors are rewarded with complimentary donuts and cider.
  • Autumn leaves crinkle underfoot and the smell of apple cider fills the air, along with the shouts of overexcited preschoolers.
  • Sang and danced around the fire, had a killer drum circle and drank grown up cider that had been heating up in the fire.
  • Bring the cider to a boil, add the ginger, and turn off the heat.
  • Top it all off with a cup of cider, and it's hardly a bad way to spend the day at an art museum.
British Dictionary definitions for cider


Also called (US) hard cider. an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of apples
(US & Canadian) Also called sweet cider. an unfermented drink made from apple juice
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cisdre, via Medieval Latin, from Late Greek sikera strong drink, from Hebrew shēkhār
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Word Origin and History for cider

late 13c., from Old French cidre, cire "pear or apple cider" (12c., Modern French cidre), variant of cisdre, from Late Latin sicera, Vulgate rendition of Hebrew shekhar, a word used for any strong drink (translated in Old English as beor, taken untranslated in Septuagint Greek as sikera), related to Arabic sakar "strong drink," sakira "was drunk." Meaning gradually narrowed in English to mean exclusively "fermented drink made from apples," though this sense also was in Old French.

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