Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 (context British Irish Australia NZ English) An alcoholic, sparkling (carbonated) beverage made from fermented apples. 2 (context US English) A non-alcoholic still beverage consisting of the (usually unfiltered and still containing pulp) juice of early-harvest apples. (qualifier: Without pulp such a beverage is called apple juice.) 3 (context Australia English) A non-alcoholic carbonated beverage made from apples. 4 (context in Korea Japan English) A non-alcoholic drink, normally carbonated; equivalent to soft drink. 5 (context countable English) A cup, glass(,) or serving of any of these beverages.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Cider \Ci"der\, n. [F. cidre, OF. sidre, fr. L. sicera a kind of strong drink, Gr. ?; of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sh[=a]kar to be intoxicated, sh[=e]k[=a]r strong drink.] The expressed juice of apples. It is used as a beverage, for making vinegar, and for other purposes.
Note: Cider was formerly used to signify the juice of other fruits, and other kinds of strong liquor, but was not applied to wine.
Cider brandy, a kind of brandy distilled from cider.
Cider mill, a mill in which cider is made.
Cider press, the press of a cider mill.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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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Usage examples of "cider".
Then, Cerryl took a moment to drink the remainder of the lukewarm cider from the pitcher and slip two apples from the bowl into his tunic before easing toward the door beside the hearth.
Flagons of cider were passed round, also a small double-handed cup with wine in honour of the guests, which was carried to myself and Hasting by the hands of the fair Bessie.
Life passed on so peacefully and pleasantly that I was half inclined to think of taking a farm near the Leys at the end of my term, and asking Jane to help with the dairy, poultry, cider, and housekeeping department.
With the roistering in full swing, the patrons were ordering ale and cider in measures: pottles, noggins, tappit hens, mutchkins, and thirdendales.
Angel came back to the cider house to see how the teething was going, Baby Rose was not the only Rose with a pacifier stuck in her mouth.
They pressed cider from rusty culls and fallen apples, and they fed the pomace to the hogs, for Ruby said it would make the meat sweet.
The vinegar smell was stronger in the York Farm cider house, and behind the press were dried clots of pomace that clung to the wall like apple scab.
Bralos could ever recall having seen set under a big and raptorial nose had served his guests cups of a powerful cider and questioned them at length in relatively good Ehleenokos spoken with an unusual accent.
He had plenty of ale and cider, with which the Cavaliers were perfectly content, but only a single runlet of canary.
Cider Berry Juice, Tater, Sugar Rags, Sweet Flag and your Black Jack, bring the little sleeper to life.
I could see there was no chance on earth of its being intercepted, my hands were reaching out for the barrel of cider on the trestle by my side, and the tinkling of the shattered ampoule was still echoing in shocked silence in that tiny little room when I smashed down the barrel with all the strength of my arms and body exactly on the spot where the glass had made contact.
Various recipes in this book call for wine vinegar, cider vinegar, rice vinegar, tarragon vinegar, white vinegar, and balsamic vinegar.
Many of the familiar drinks of to-day were unknown to them, but their hard cider, mint julep, metheglin, hot toddy, and lemonade in which the lemon was not at all prominent, sometimes made lively work for the broad-brimmed hats and silver knee-buckles.
Cornish stone we ate steaming pasties and drank rough cold cider out of glazed earthenware mugs.
Tim and his noble guests dawdled over their postprandial wines and cordials in the lamplit dining chamber, tall bonfires threw leaping, dancing shadows in both main and rear courtyards, where lancers and dragoons, Ahrmehnee and Kindred milled and laughed and shouted, gorging themselves on coarse bread and dripping chunks carved from the whole oxen slowly revolving on the spits, guzzling tankards of foaming beer, tart cider and watered wine.