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

  • noun Unfermented juice pressed from fruit, especially apples, used as a beverage or to make other products, such as vinegar.
  • noun An alcoholic beverage made by fermenting juice pressed from fruit, especially apples.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The expressed juice of apples. It is used as a beverage, for making vinegar, and for other purposes.
  • noun a kind of brandy distilled from cider.
  • noun a mill in which cider is made.
  • noun the press of a cider mill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, uncountable An alcoholic, sparkling (carbonated) beverage made from fermented apples.
  • noun 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.)
  • noun Australia, uncountable A non-alcoholic carbonated beverage made from apples.
  • noun in Japan A non-alcoholic drink, normally carbonated; equivalent to soft drink.
  • noun Any particular type of one of these beverages.
  • noun countable A cup, glass, or serving of any of these beverages.

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

  • noun a beverage made from juice pressed from apples


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

[Middle 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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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

    December 3, 2008

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  • It's a applecide!

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

    December 3, 2008

  • 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