Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The juice pressed from fruits, especially apples, used as a beverage or to make other products, such as vinegar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An alcoholic, sparkling (carbonated) beverage made from fermented apples.
  • n. 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.)
  • n. A non-alcoholic carbonated beverage made from apples.
  • n. A non-alcoholic drink, normally carbonated; equivalent to soft drink.
  • n. Any particular type of one of these beverages.
  • n. A cup, glass, or serving of any of these beverages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The expressed juice of apples. It is used as a beverage, for making vinegar, and for other purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong liquor.
  • n. Formerly, any liquor made of the juice of fruits; now, the expressed juice of apples, either before or after fermentation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a beverage made from juice pressed from apples

Etymologies

Middle English sidre, from Old French, from Late Latin sīcera, intoxicating drink, from Greek sikera, of Semitic origin; see škr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English cidre or sidre, from Old French cisdre or sidre ("beverage made from fermented apples"), from Medieval Latin sīcera, from Ancient Greek σίκερα ("fermented liquor, strong drink"), of Semitic origin. (Wiktionary)

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  • William Roberts advertised in the Maryland Gazette in 1745 that his servant, John Powell, had not in fact run away, but had 'only gone into the country a cider drinking' and was again prepared to repair watches and clocks.
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 122

    June 18, 2010

  • It could be pressed from any of the entries on this list (doctor deterrents)

    December 3, 2008

  • Indeed.

    December 3, 2008

  • It's a applecide!

    December 3, 2008

  • Why?

    December 3, 2008

  • I like the drink, but I find this word a bit unnerving...

    December 3, 2008