American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large drinking bowl or goblet made of metal or hard wood.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Hard mottled wood, understood to be maple, formerly used in making the bowls or goblets hence called mazers.
- n. A bowl or large drinking-cup without a foot, of maple or other hard wood, and often richly decorated with carving and mounted with silver or other metal. In later use the term was applied to bowls entirely of metal. A number of mazers are preserved in England, dating from different epochs from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century.
- n. The head; the skull or brain-box: same as mazard, 2.
- n. obsolete The maple tree, or maple wood.
- n. A large drinking bowl made from such wood; a mazer bowl.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A large drinking bowl; -- originally made of maple.
- n. a large hardwood drinking bowl
- From Anglo-Norman mazer, Old French mazre ("a kind of maple wood"), from a Germanic source cognate with Old High German masar (German Maser ("spot")), Icelandic mösurr ("maple"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French masere, kind of wood, maple burl, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The old English and German vessel known as a mazer was made of maple-wood, often bound and tipped with silver.”
“Májur": hence possibly our "mazer," which is popularly derived from Masarn, a maple.”
“In addition to the manalight, there was the mazer, a two-pronged electric tazer.”
“ While Anna turned around to face the couple, Brie slid the cover over the battery and activated the mazer.”
“The child focused on her mazer as she placed two fingers on the battery and focused her mana.”
“As she tightened the screws on the mazer, Anna read through the blueprints on the computer for a new invention that Brie drew called the de-paralyzer.”
“They brought home the wooden mazer goblet for best in show.”
“There was neither mazer-dish nor standing-cup upon the little table, at the elbow of his huge chair of state; his beads alone lay there, and it seemed as if he had been telling them in his extremity of distress.”
“Presently he rose up and set before each young man some meat in a charger and drink in a large mazer, treating me in like manner; and after that they sat questioning me concerning my adventures and what had betided me: and I kept telling them my tale till the night was far spent.”
“I saw there also two great censers each big as a mazer-bowl,297 flaming with lign-aloes, nadd - perfume,298 ambergris and honied scents; and the place was full of their fragrance.”
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