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[pilz-ner, pils-] /ˈpɪlz nər, ˈpɪls-/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
a pale, light lager beer.
any lager beer of high quality.
Also called pilsner glass. a tall glass that is tapered to a short stem at the bottom, used especially for beer.
Also, Pilsener
[pil-zuh-ner, -suh-, pilz-ner, pils-] /ˈpɪl zə nər, -sə-, ˈpɪlz nər, ˈpɪls-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Pilsner
1875-80; < German Pilsener literally, of Pilsen; see -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Your father and I have often dined on bread and cheese, and Pilsner, and thought it a feast.

    Lola Owen Davis
  • This Pilsner motive runs through the book from cover to cover.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • As she never staggered, and never misbehaved herself otherwise under the Pilsner influence, I think it agreed with her.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • Just before bedtime he was entitled—so his dietetic schedule told him—to one glass of Pilsner beer.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • As Pinton put the glass of Pilsner to his lips he met the gaze of two sardonic eyes.

    Visionaries James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Pilsner


a type of pale beer with a strong flavour of hops
Word Origin
named after Pilsen, where it was originally brewed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pilsner



type of pale, hoppy lager beer, 1877, after Pilsen, German town in Bohemia (Czech Plzen) where it first was brewed. Now designating a type, not an origin; pilsner from Plzen is Pilsner Urquell, from German Urquell "primary source." The place name is from Old Czech plz "damp, moist." Related: Pils.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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