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.
- a type of pale beer with a strong flavour of hops
n.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.