[pilz-ner, pils-]

noun (sometimes lowercase)

a pale, light lager beer.
any lager beer of high quality.
Also called pilsner glass. a tall glass that is tapered to a short stem at the bottom, used especially for beer.

Also Pil·sen·er [pil-zuh-ner, -suh-, pilz-ner, pils-] /ˈpɪl zə nər, -sə-, ˈpɪlz nər, ˈpɪls-/.

Origin of Pilsner

1875–80; < German Pilsener literally, of Pilsen; see -er1
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Examples from the Web for pilsner

Contemporary Examples of pilsner

Historical Examples of pilsner

  • Your father and I have often dined on bread and cheese, and pilsner, and thought it a feast.


    Owen Davis

  • This Pilsner motive runs through the book from cover to cover.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

  • As she never staggered, and never misbehaved herself otherwise under the Pilsner influence, I think it agreed with her.

    My Life

    Josiah Flynt

  • Just before bedtime he was entitled—so his dietetic schedule told him—to one glass of Pilsner beer.


    James Huneker

  • As Pinton put the glass of Pilsner to his lips he met the gaze of two sardonic eyes.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for pilsner




a type of pale beer with a strong flavour of hops

Word Origin for Pilsner

named after Pilsen, where it was originally brewed
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Word Origin and History for pilsner

type of pale, hoppy lager beer, 1877, after Pilsen, German town in Bohemia (Czech Plzen) where it first was brewed. Now designating a type, not an origin; pilsner from Plzen is Pilsner Urquell, from German Urquell "primary source." The place name is from Old Czech plz "damp, moist." Related: Pils.

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