the juice pressed from apples or, formerly, from other fruits, used as a beverage or for making vinegar: hard cider is fermented and sweet cider is not
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) sh?k?r, strong drink of grain and honey ; from sh?kar, 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 s&imacron;cera, 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.