[stahyn for 1, 3; shtahyn for 2]
  1. Gertrude,1874–1946, U.S. author in France.
  2. Hein·rich Frie·drich Karl [hahyn-rikh free-drikh kahrl] /ˈhaɪn rɪx ˈfri drɪx kɑrl/, Baron vom und zum [fawm oo nt tsoo m] /fɔm ʊnt tsʊm/, 1757–1831, German statesman.
  3. William Howard,1911–80, U.S. biochemist: Nobel Prize in chemistry 1972. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for gertrude stein


  1. an earthenware beer mug, esp of a German design
  2. the quantity contained in such a mug

Word Origin for stein

German, literally: stone


  1. (staɪn) Gertrude. 1874–1946, US writer, resident in Paris (1903–1946). Her works include Three Lives (1908) and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)
  2. (German ʃtain) Heinrich Friedrich Carl (ˈhainrɪç ˈfriːdrɪç karl), Baron Stein. 1757–1831, Prussian statesman, who contributed greatly to the modernization of Prussia and played a major role in the European coalition against Napoleon (1813–15)
  3. (stiːn) Jock, real name John. 1922–85, Scottish footballer and manager: managed Celtic (1965–78) and Scotland (1978–85)
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Word Origin and History for gertrude stein



1855, from German Stein, shortened form of Steinkrug "stone jug," from Stein "stone" (see stone (n.)) + Krug "jug, jar."

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gertrude stein in Medicine


[stīn]William Howard 1911-1980
  1. American biochemist. He shared a 1972 Nobel Prize for pioneering studies of ribonuclease.
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