A cup of hot apple cider.
Origin of ciderMiddle English cidre, sider ; from Old French sidre, cidere ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin sicera ; from Ecclesiastical Greek sikera, an intoxicating drink, of Semitic origin, originally , as in Akkadian ikaru, barley beer, Classical Hebrew (language) shēkār, strong drink of grain and honey ; from shākar, to become intoxicated
- Unfermented juice pressed from fruit, especially apples, used as a beverage or to make other products, such as vinegar.
- An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting juice pressed from fruit, especially apples. Also called hard cider.
Origin of ciderMiddle English sidre, hard cider, from Old French sizre, sidre, from Late Latin sīcera, intoxicating drink, from Greek sikera, of Semitic origin; see škr in Semitic roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural ciders)
- (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, uncountable) An alcoholic, sparkling (carbonated) beverage made from fermented apples.
- (US, uncountable) A non-alcoholic, still beverage consisting of the (usually unfiltered and still containing pulp) juice of early-harvest apples. (Without pulp such a beverage is called apple juice.)
- (Australia, uncountable) A non-alcoholic carbonated beverage made from apples.
- (in Japan) A non-alcoholic drink, normally carbonated; equivalent to soft drink.
- Any particular type of one of these beverages.
- She liked an aged cider. He liked a harder cider.
- (countable) A cup, glass, or serving of any of these beverages.
From Middle English cidre or sidre, from Old French cisdre or sidre (“beverage made from fermented apples”), from Medieval Latin sīcera, from Ancient Greek σίκερα (sikera, “fermented liquor, strong drink”), of Semitic origin.