\ ˈkeg How to pronounce keg (audio) , dialectal ˈkag, ˈkāg\

Definition of keg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small cask or barrel having a capacity of 30 gallons or less
2 : the contents of a keg



Definition of keg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to store (something, such as beer) in a keg This led us to purchase larger brewing equipment and begin bottling and kegging our beer for distribution in the Tokyo market.— Bryan Baird

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Other Words from keg


kegged adjective
He'll also have kegged root beer and perhaps locally made sodas on hand.

Examples of keg in a Sentence


They drank an entire keg of beer.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some experimental beers can’t be moved out of their tanks because the company doesn’t have approval for the labels on keg covers. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Where Did All the Craft Beer Go? Government Shutdown Closes Tap on New Brews," 11 Jan. 2019 Prince Harry can still hang, people (and kegs are never that fun, anyway). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Prince Harry Reportedly Gave Up Alcohol for Meghan Markle, and His Family Is Thrilled," 2 Jan. 2019 Yards will also donate $10 from every keg of Philly Pale Ale sold in the Philadelphia region during the same timeframe to Prevention Point. Michael Klein,, "Yards Brewery has Super Bowl bet with Boston's Harpoon Brewery," 24 Jan. 2018 From now on, classy parties won't seem complete without a wine keg present. Olivia Harrison,, "Rosé Kegs Are The Perfect Addition To Your Memorial Day Party," 21 May 2018 Bridge Lane Wine out of New York has invented a wine keg for those aficionados who have a large social circle who also love vino. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Wine kegs are real; find out where they’re sold," 18 May 2018 Beer -- or kombucha or dry soda -- goes into the 5-liter keg. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Coffee, tea or beer, PicoBrew’s new craft beer appliance brews it all — even kombucha," 16 May 2018 And with that, dear Weekenders, this keg is tapped out. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "The Weekender: Irish sojourns, Russian meltdowns, and ‘American Utopia’," 15 Mar. 2018 Leading up to the holiday here in Akron, there's a Celtic dance show, a kegs and eggs event and a leprechaun story time all celebrating St. Patrick’s Day., "11 things to do the week of St. Patrick's Day in Akron, Summit County," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of keg


circa 1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for keg


Middle English kag, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kaggi keg

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The first known use of keg was circa 1632

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English Language Learners Definition of keg

: a barrel for holding or serving something (such as beer)
: the amount of something contained in a keg


\ ˈkeg How to pronounce keg (audio) \

Kids Definition of keg

1 : a small barrel holding 30 gallons (about 114 liters)
2 : the contents of a keg a keg of root beer

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to boil down or concentrate

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