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[mey-zer] /ˈmeɪ zər/
a large metal drinking bowl or cup, formerly of wood.
Origin of mazer
1150-1200; Middle English: kind of wood (probably maple), Old English mæser- (in adj. mæseren, equivalent to mæser maple + -en -en2); cognate with Old Norse mǫsurr maple, Middle High German maser maple, drinking cup Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • That the original word, mazer, should have been retained, is not to be wondered at.

  • Therewith he poured forth into the mazer, and handed it to Birdalone, and lo!

  • It is known that when the mazer bowl was made of silver, the old name was retained.

  • mazer, a large drinking bowl (Skeat); trees seems to mean merely wood.

    The Grey Friars in Oxford Andrew G. Little
  • Meantime Alan, one may believe, had consigned the mazer to a safe place, and joined in the congratulations of Johanne's friends.

    London Walter Besant
  • The connection between mazers and magic is not obvious, but in 1501 when John Richardson, a parish clerk, lost a mazer worth 26s.

    Medival Byways Louis F. Salzmann
  • Ancient drinking vessels of wood such as the mazer, a drinking bowl much like a punch bowl, were decorated with silver bands.

  • The relic she treasures above all, however, is a gold "mazer," inherited by Mr. Walford through a long line of ancestors.

  • The mazer continued in use to the seventeenth century, when it was still a favourite with the humbler classes.

  • Now drink we, quod he, of this mazer and quaff ye this mead which is not indeed parcel of my body but my soul's bodiment.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for mazer


(obsolete) a large hardwood drinking bowl
Word Origin
C12: from Old French masere, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse mösurr maple
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