One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An unfermented drink made by crushing fruit, typically apples.
- ‘An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider.’
- ‘Hotaru also brought apple cider, peeled and sliced oranges, and an apple for Aqua.’
- ‘Pierce was drinking hot cider when she said that and he literally almost choked on it hearing what she said.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jeff had brought a bottle of apple cider which Vera took to the kitchen.’
- ‘Non-alcoholic selections include fresh fruit drinks and frozen drinks blended with ice, teas, hot chocolate and cold apple cider.’
- ‘Make sure you have some snacks and fresh apple cider for your guests as soon as they arrive.’
- ‘Complimentary cookies, coffee and apple cider will be served throughout the day.’
- ‘It reminded Blank of warm apple cider and chocolate pop-tarts, her favorite snack as a child.’
- ‘We pour the pressed cider through a sieve and into clean, plastic gallon milk jugs.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 An alcoholic drink made from fermented crushed fruit, typically apples.
- ‘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.’
- ‘I had a half pint of cider which was cheap and not too intense for a Monday night.’
- ‘Traditional drinks such as beer, cider and wine must be served in specific quantities.’
- ‘This time, I had more cider, wines and tequila than is good for a person.’
- ‘He blamed his actions on being drunk on cider and lager.’
- ‘Medium sweet cider is full bodied but refreshing and light and is great with fruit and cheese.’
- ‘Mr Williams said Luke had drunk brandy, cider and taken cannabis before he smashed a window in the house.’
- ‘He had been on a night out in the town, and came into the shop having consumed five pints of bitter and cider.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The money was reserved for sweet cider and ran out on Day Two.’
- ‘I risked a pint of Old Rosie, scrumpy cider twice the strength of normal beer!’
- ‘He drove off on his own, despite drinking cider all afternoon.’
- ‘Revellers relaxed in a tent outside the club, drinking beer and cider and tucking into pig roast.’
- ‘On the night in question, it is claimed that vodka, cider and an alcopop were on offer to youngsters.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The American market is now exploding with sweet ciders (such as Spire and Woodchuck) that are light, refreshing, and unfit for your cheese.’
- ‘Tasmania is setting up a specialty fruit wine association to promote the production of meads, ciders, pure fruit wines and liqueurs.’
- ‘Beer, lager and cider were the most popular drinks but there was a sharp increase in alcopops drinkers.’
- ‘Beer, lager, cider and spirits were confiscated from the group and letters have been sent to their parents.’
- ‘The real problem facing cider sellers is the new growth of hard lemonades.’
Middle English: from Old French sidre, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek sikera, from Hebrew šēḵār ‘strong drink’.
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