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  1. a large metal drinking bowl or cup, formerly of wood.
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Origin of mazer

1150–1200; Middle English: kind of wood (probably maple), Old English mæser- (in adj. mæseren, equivalent to mæser maple + -en -en2); cognate with Old Norse mǫsurr maple, Middle High German maser maple, drinking cup
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Historical Examples

  • That the original word, mazer, should have been retained, is not to be wondered at.

    Notes and Queries, Number 84, June 7, 1851


  • Therewith he poured forth into the mazer, and handed it to Birdalone, and lo!

  • It is known that when the mazer bowl was made of silver, the old name was retained.

  • Mazer, a large drinking bowl (Skeat); trees seems to mean merely wood.

  • Meantime Alan, one may believe, had consigned the mazer to a safe place, and joined in the congratulations of Johanne's friends.


    Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for mazer


mazard or mazzard (ˈmæzəd)

  1. obsolete a large hardwood drinking bowl
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Word Origin

C12: from Old French masere, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse mösurr maple
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