\ˈkeg, 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

Each keg holds about 110 glasses worth, and also also cuts down on waste, so there's no flat prosecco left hanging around the next morning. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Prosecco Trailer is the Latest Over-the-Top Party Essential," 5 Sep. 2018 Everything, from the kegs to ping-pong tables often found in the spaces, felt like it was built for men. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "The Riveter takes female-focused co-working space to the Eastside," 28 Aug. 2018 Each participant will purchase a wristband at the beginning of the event and be able to drink from the event kegs. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee breweries will celebrate all things beer during Drink Brew City Week," 13 July 2018 The DigitalPour screens also show what kind of glass the beer is served in and how much beer is left in the keg. Greg Trotter,, "Four Corners sells its first restaurant, Schoolyard Tavern & Grill, as it continues to grow," 11 June 2018 But in the United States, Brazil and China, at least two-thirds of the barley goes into six-packs, drafts, kegs, cans and bottles. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer," 17 Oct. 2018 Instead of the traditional bottles, Bubble Tap stays true to its name by pouring up flutes from kegs, which can serve the masses while keeping bubbles perfectly in tact. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Prosecco Trailer is the Latest Over-the-Top Party Essential," 5 Sep. 2018 Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Twins, installed Draftwell taps and increased its keg yield from 87 to 94 percent, said Delaware North spokesman Marc Heintzman. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Braves say they can now pour beer three times faster at SunTrust Park," 25 June 2018 The Washington Capitals have spent the last several days brilliantly celebrating their first Stanley Cup win — from keg stands with the Cup to sleeping with it — and the party isn’t stopping anytime soon with the championship parade Tuesday. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "From WWE title belts to Stanley Cup replicas: How fans are celebrating the Capitals," 12 June 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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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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