noun \ˈāl\

: an alcoholic drink that is similar to beer

Full Definition of ALE

:  an alcoholic beverage brewed especially by rapid fermentation from an infusion of malt with the addition of hops
:  an English country festival at which ale is the principal beverage

Examples of ALE

  1. The bar serves two very different ales.

Origin of ALE

Middle English, from Old English ealu; akin to Old Norse ǫl ale, Lithuanian alus
First Known Use: before 12th century
ALE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈāl\

Definition of ALE for Kids

:  an alcoholic drink made from malt and flavored with hops that is usually more bitter than beer
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