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noun \ˈāl\

Definition of ale

  1. 1 :  an alcoholic beverage brewed especially by rapid fermentation from an infusion of malt with the addition of hops

  2. 2 :  an English country festival at which ale is the principal beverage

Examples of ale in a sentence

  1. The bar serves two very different ales.

Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

ale

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noun \ˈāl\

Definition of ale for English Language Learners

  • : an alcoholic drink that is similar to beer


ALE Defined for Kids

ale

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noun \ˈāl\

Definition of ale for Students

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


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