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
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
Definition of ale for English Language Learners
: an alcoholic drink that is similar to beer
ALE Defined for Kids
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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