Definition of cider in English:



  • 1[mass noun] An alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice.

    ‘a bottle of cider’
    [count noun] ‘English-style ciders’
    • ‘He had been on a night out in the town, and came into the shop having consumed five pints of bitter and cider.’
    • ‘This time, I had more cider, wines and tequila than is good for a person.’
    • ‘I risked a pint of Old Rosie, scrumpy cider twice the strength of normal beer!’
    • ‘Drinking a pint or two of sweet cider in the belief that it is the elixir of adulthood is a rite of passage every teenager undergoes.’
    • ‘On the night in question, it is claimed that vodka, cider and an alcopop were on offer to youngsters.’
    • ‘Mr Williams said Luke had drunk brandy, cider and taken cannabis before he smashed a window in the house.’
    • ‘Tasmania is setting up a specialty fruit wine association to promote the production of meads, ciders, pure fruit wines and liqueurs.’
    • ‘He blamed his actions on being drunk on cider and lager.’
    • ‘Beer, lager, cider and spirits were confiscated from the group and letters have been sent to their parents.’
    • ‘The money was reserved for sweet cider and ran out on Day Two.’
    • ‘I had a half pint of cider which was cheap and not too intense for a Monday night.’
    • ‘He drove off on his own, despite drinking cider all afternoon.’
    • ‘Traditional drinks such as beer, cider and wine must be served in specific quantities.’
    • ‘Flavored malts, ciders, coolers, hard lemonades, teas, root beers and so on, a whole gamut of beer-strength potions, have sprung up, tasting like anything but beer.’
    • ‘Beer, lager and cider were the most popular drinks but there was a sharp increase in alcopops drinkers.’
    • ‘The real problem facing cider sellers is the new growth of hard lemonades.’
    • ‘Held in Victoria Hall, the festival will feature 110 beers and cask ales, including beers from Germany, Belgium, America and Ireland, as well as ciders and fruit wines.’
    • ‘Medium sweet cider is full bodied but refreshing and light and is great with fruit and cheese.’
    • ‘Revellers relaxed in a tent outside the club, drinking beer and cider and tucking into pig roast.’
    • ‘The American market is now exploding with sweet ciders (such as Spire and Woodchuck) that are light, refreshing, and unfit for your cheese.’
    1. 1.1North American An unfermented drink made by crushing fruit, typically apples.
      • ‘Make sure you have some snacks and fresh apple cider for your guests as soon as they arrive.’
      • ‘I think I'll stay up late this Christmas Eve, hot cider in hand, and ask him myself.’
      • ‘I used to drink apple cider until they started talking about the need for it to be pasteurized.’
      • ‘We pour the pressed cider through a sieve and into clean, plastic gallon milk jugs.’
      • ‘An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider.’
      • ‘Pierce was drinking hot cider when she said that and he literally almost choked on it hearing what she said.’
      • ‘Hotaru also brought apple cider, peeled and sliced oranges, and an apple for Aqua.’
      • ‘Non-alcoholic selections include fresh fruit drinks and frozen drinks blended with ice, teas, hot chocolate and cold apple cider.’
      • ‘It reminded Blank of warm apple cider and chocolate pop-tarts, her favorite snack as a child.’
      • ‘Jeff had brought a bottle of apple cider which Vera took to the kitchen.’
      • ‘Complimentary cookies, coffee and apple cider will be served throughout the day.’
      • ‘The baby shower was Sunday afternoon, and the cheesecake and apple cider were overflowing.’
      • ‘Offer cinnamon buns, shortbread, hot cider and coffee throughout the day and soup and bread at lunchtime.’


Middle English: from Old French sidre, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek sikera, from Hebrew šēḵār strong drink.