Definition of stein in English:



  • A large earthenware beer mug.

    • ‘A maid went by and Anya grabbed a stein off of her tray.’
    • ‘And there were the people, having their steins of beer at the umbrella pavement tables.’
    • ‘They whole time you have a full stein of beer in your hand and while everyone else around you has moved on to the more suitable late Thursday night beverage of water.’
    • ‘Show girls decorated with very large pretzels, beer steins, sausages and other German motifs frame a goose-stepping Ziegfeld Follies-style routine involving Hitler Youth for a big finish like no other.’
    • ‘It's a place where the rank and file once began every workday at the crack of dawn with a heaping stein.’
    • ‘After three of the most exciting and invigorating weeks anyone can remember, Jones will have felt entitled to raise a celebratory stein at a job well done here last night.’
    • ‘Indeed, the national U.S. drinking age of 21 has inadvertently caused the 18 to 20 year olds to go underground where they learn to binge rather than quaff a casual stein.’
    • ‘Spike, who was sitting beside him, was looking down too, nursing a huge beer stein that was more than half empty.’
    • ‘If you don't like stickers, there are shirts, hats, mousepads, mugs, and steins you can buy.’
    • ‘As the 65-year-old made his final bus journey back to the station, he was treated to a grasstrack bike display and a stein of cool beer.’
    • ‘The room is no more and no less than she expected, down to the beer stein on the end table and the poorly framed print of the blond boy in lederhosen.’
    • ‘The other night an imbiber, who originally hails from the Bavarian region of Germany (think lederhosen, beer steins and oompah bands and you'll be on the right track), fell down.’
    • ‘Madrid beckons with bars, cafes, and bathhouses that cater to older guys; and in any Munich kneipe (traditional German bar) you'll see men of all ages lifting a stein.’
    • ‘Every main dish on the menu includes a salad followed by a complimentary palate-cleansing shot of apple Schnapps, which went very well with our boot-shaped steins full of Groelsch, one of several German beers available on tap.’
    • ‘A few years ago I was sitting with a friend in a seedy German restaurant off Tenth Avenue in New York drinking giant steins of beer and talking about his job in investor relations for a Fortune 500 company.’
    • ‘Deutschland is no longer ‘uber alles’, but rather ‘very sorry, have a stein of our superior beer’.’
    • ‘The friendliness and approachability of the locals increases in direct proportion to the number of steins sunk.’
    • ‘It's a charming Old World touch, as is the collection of beer steins over the bar.’
    • ‘Sure, it used to be locally caught walleye or perch, served up at the neighborhood tavern with a healthy stein of Milwaukee's best beer.’
    • ‘Gjoa proved gracious losers as everyone trooped off to their clubhouse after the match to celebrate Norway's Independence Day with cold steins.’
    beaker, cup
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Mid 19th century: from German Stein, literally stone.