ale

noun \ ˈāl \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of ale

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

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Origin and Etymology of ale

Middle English, from Old English ealu; akin to Old Norse ǫl ale, Lithuanian alus


ALE Defined for English Language Learners

ale

Definition of ale for English Language Learners

  • : an alcoholic drink that is similar to beer


ALE Defined for Kids

ale

noun \ ˈāl \

Definition of ale for Students

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


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