from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A beer mug.

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  • noun A beer mug.

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  • noun a glass for beer


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

[German, from Middle High German sīdel, from Latin situla, bucket.]


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  • "The average man, at least in England and America, has such rudimentary tastes in victualry that he doesn’t know good food from bad. He will eat anything set before him by a cook that he likes. The true way to fetch him is with drinks. A single bottle of drinkable wine will fill more men with the passion of love than ten sides of beef or a ton of potatoes. Even a Seidel of beer, deftly applied, is enough to mellow the hardest bachelor. If women really knew their business, they would have abandoned cooking centuries ago, and devoted themselves to brewing, distilling, and bartending." -- H.L. Mencken, via Wordnik

    October 26, 2009

  • Plus one for victualry.

    October 31, 2009

  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • The sailor in youth is bound to roam;
    In age he prefers the comfort of home.
    At last warm and idle
    The froth on his seidel
    Is all he will know of cold and foam.

    April 27, 2014

  • Pity the poor wanderer who happens here and finds a simple and accurate definition but examples that consist entirely of unrelated messages signed by some fellow of surname Seidel and 17 visuals, only one of which is of a beer mug. The software agents must have been high during the hunt.

    April 27, 2014