From Middle English maser, mazer, masere, from Anglo-Norman mazer, Old French mazre (“a kind of maple wood”), from Frankish *masur, from Proto-Germanic *masuraz, cognate with Old High German masar (German Maser (“spot”)), Icelandic mösurr (“maple”).
- (obsolete) The maple tree, or maple wood.
- (archaic or historical) A large drinking bowl made from such wood; a mazer bowl.
- 1885–1888, Richard F[rancis] Burton, transl. and editor, “Night 16”, in A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, now Entituled The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night […], Shammar edition, volume (please specify the volume), [London]: […] Burton Club […], →OCLC:
- 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
- 1951, C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia:
- Then, in great wooden cups and bowls and mazers, wreathed with ivy, came the wines […]
- Alternative form of
- Middle French: madre
- → Middle English: maser, masere, mazer, mazar
- English: mazer (obsolete, archaic)
- ⇒ Old French: mazerin, mazelin, madelin, maderin