- See under cider.
- the juice pressed from apples (or formerly from some other fruit) used for drinking, either before fermentation (sweet cider) or after fermentation (hard cider), or for making applejack, vinegar, etc.
Origin of cider
Examples from the Web for sweet cider
What made it worse was, the barrel was marked 'sweet-cider vinegar,' after all.Donald and Dorothy
Mary Mapes Dodge
- Also called (US): hard cider an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of apples
- Also called: sweet cider US and Canadian an unfermented drink made from apple juice
- British cider having a high sugar content
- US and Canadian unfermented apple juiceCompare hard cider
Word Origin and History for sweet cider
late 13c., from Old French cidre, cire "pear or apple cider" (12c., Modern French cidre), variant of cisdre, from Late Latin sicera, Vulgate rendition of Hebrew shekhar, a word used for any strong drink (translated in Old English as beor, taken untranslated in Septuagint Greek as sikera), related to Arabic sakar "strong drink," sakira "was drunk." Meaning gradually narrowed in English to mean exclusively "fermented drink made from apples," though this sense also was in Old French.