- a large or ornate cup; goblet
- a jarlike container of glass or metal with a lip for pouring, used by chemists, druggists, etc.
- the contents or capacity of a beaker
Origin of beakerMiddle English biker ; from Old Norse bikarr, a cup ; from Vulgar Latin bicarium ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Greek bikos, vessel with handles
- A wide cylindrical glass vessel with a pouring lip, used as a laboratory container and mixing jar.
- A large drinking cup with a wide mouth.
- The quantity that a beaker holds.
Origin of beakerMiddle English biker and Middle Dutch b&emacron;ker, drinking vessel, both from Medieval Latin bicarius, bicarium; see pitcher2.
From Middle English biker, from Old Norse bikarr (“cup”), from Old Saxon bikeri (“cup”), from Late Latin bīcārium (“wine vat, jug”), of disputed origin. Possibly from Ancient Greek βίκος (bíkos, “earthenware jug, wine jar”), or from Latin bacarium (“wine vat, vase”). Cognate with Dutch beker (“beaker, cup”), German Becher (“beaker, cup, goblet”), Danish bæger (“beaker”), Italian bicchiere (“cup, glass (for drink)”). See also pitcher.