- See under cider.
Origin of hard 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 hard cider
I wish you'd been here in the hard-cider and log-cabin times, and you'd a seen reason and philosophy, as you call it!The Chainbearer
J. Fenimore Cooper
"I saw old Ike Bradley go past here with a hard-cider jag that looped over till its aidges dragged on the ground," he explained.The Skipper and the Skipped
Another proof of the fact was the barrel of hard-cider which lay under the cabin window.A Boy's Town
W. D. Howells
The log-cabin and hard-cider watchwords were born of a taunt, like the "Gueux" of the Netherlands.
- 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
- US and Canadian fermented apple juiceCompare sweet cider
Word Origin and History for hard 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.