ale·​house | \ ˈāl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce alehouse (audio) \

Definition of alehouse

: a place where ale is sold to be drunk on the premises

Examples of alehouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the late seventies, the bar came under the ownership of the proprietor of a now defunct Bronx alehouse called the Liffy, like the river. David Kortava, The New Yorker, "Guinness Poured by an Irishman at Inwood’s The Liffy II," 9 July 2017 The alehouse at 9501 W. 171st St. in Tinley Park (708-966-2051) hosts a music series on the patio beginning May 27. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Rainbow Cone, Pistachio Abduction among brews tapped for Illinois Craft Beer Week," 8 May 2018 Whether your travels take you to fine-dining restaurants, low-key alehouses or even rustic cabins in the woods, make like an Alaskan and fuel your adventures with one of our beloved, home-grown brews. Anchorage Daily News, "Raise your glass to beer born and brewed in Alaska," 3 May 2018 On a Brooklyn Heights block, near a wine bar and an alehouse, the Binc is inconspicuous, its presence marked most boldly by a sandwich board. Talia Lavin, The New Yorker, "The Binc, Unfocussed in Time," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of alehouse

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Alehouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alehouse

British, old-fashioned : a place where people used to drink ale and beer

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