Definition of church-ale

: a festival formerly held in English country parishes at which ale was sold to raise money for church expenses and relief of the poor

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First Known Use of church-ale

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for church-ale

Middle English chirche ale, from chirche church + ale (festival)

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“Church-ale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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