From Middle English biker, from Old Norse bikarr (“cup”), from Old Saxon bikeri (“cup”), from West Germanic bikari (“beaker”), from Late Latin bīcārium (“wine vat, jug”), of disputed origin. Possibly from Ancient Greek βίκος (bíkos, “earthenware jug, wine jar”), or from Latin bacarium (“wine vat, vase”). Cognate with Dutch beker (“beaker, cup”), German Becher (“beaker, cup, goblet”), Danish bæger (“beaker”), Italian bicchiere (“cup, glass (for drink)”). See also pitcher.
beaker (plural beakers)
- A flat-bottomed vessel, with a lip, used as a laboratory container.
- A drinking vessel without a handle, sometimes for the use of children.
- A mug.
- (drinking vessel without a handle): glass (2nd definition)