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sweet cider

noun
1.
See under cider.

cider

[sahy-der] /ˈsaɪ dər/
noun
1.
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
1250-1300
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
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  • With the apple harvest comes a favorite and traditional product known as sweet cider.
British Dictionary definitions for sweet cider

sweet cider

noun
1.
(Brit) cider having a high sugar content
2.
(US & Canadian) unfermented apple juice Compare hard cider

cider

/ˈsaɪdə/
noun
1.
Also called (US) hard cider. an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of apples
2.
(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 sweet cider

cider

n.

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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