- 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 cyder
You shall have some baked pears and bread for supper, and some cyder.
Do not be in such haste, little boy; you shall have some cyder directly.
Paid for cyder with James, after dinner, 3d.; wine with Mersing at night, 3d.Extracts from the Diary of William Bray, Esq.
I can understand why the wits went to the Cyder Cellars then.
Only this, that her father made the Cyder Cellars so popular a place of resort.
- a variant spelling (esp Brit) of cider
- 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
Word Origin and History for cyder
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.