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From Middle English mazer, maser, from Old English *mæser, *maser (suggested by derivative mæseren), from Proto-Germanic *masuraz, cognate with Old High German masar (German Maser (spot)), Icelandic mösurr (maple). Reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman mazer, Old French mazre (a kind of maple wood), from the same Germanic source.



mazer (plural mazers)

  1. (obsolete) The maple tree, or maple wood.
  2. (archaic or historical) A large drinking bowl made from such wood; a mazer bowl.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 16:
      Presently he rose up and set before each young man some meat in a charger and drink in a large mazer, treating me in like manner; and after that they sat questioning me concerning my adventures and what had betided me

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Borrowing from Frankish *masur (maple)


mazer m (oblique plural mazers, nominative singular mazers, nominative plural mazer)

  1. maple
  2. large drinking bowl made maple; mazer bowl