\ 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


kegged; kegging; kegs

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

Noun They drank an entire keg of beer.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As part of the demonstrations, a keg of beer was opened and poured down Cincinnati Street to signify all of the alcohol bars are not able to sell during the pandemic and the loss of profits. Fox News, "Texas protesters dump beer keg on street to demand bars be allowed to reopen," 7 July 2020 Dutch's, which closed in January, started as a pony keg, grew into an extensive beer and wine shop, added a local butchery and charcuterie, had a lunch counter and evolved into a bar/restaurant as well. Polly Campbell,, "Vacant Hyde Park restaurant to be reimagined by Red Feather owner," 19 June 2020 Ranville rolls out of bed just after 5 a.m., loads a keg of blueberry wheat beer into his rusty black 2001 Chevy Silverado and drives from his small town of 800 over the Mackinac Bridge to a freight ferry. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Easy-to-miss Mackinaw City brewery's beloved food saved it during coronavirus," 3 July 2020 Use open coolers and tubs to hold cold beverages so people don’t have to touch the same keg or cooler handle. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "‘An extremely dangerous time’ — Bexar County reports 1,268 new coronavirus cases, largest one-day total since start of pandemic," 30 June 2020 Rather than a one pound can, look at an eight pound keg of powder. Bryce M. Towsley, Field & Stream, "7 Money Saving Tips for Reloaders," 23 June 2020 Moosehead Lager logos, a little keg on each shoulder. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: MLB, MLBPA basically arguing over who's dad would win in a fight," 18 June 2020 For the dad who prefers his beer on tap: This growler that doubles as a kegFact: Beer tastes better poured out of a tap. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "50 perfect Father’s Day gifts for every dad and budget," 29 May 2020 The core designed and printed at Oak Ridge is less than a foot-and-a-half tall and will be housed in a reactor that isn’t much bigger than a beer keg. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Coming Soon: A Nuclear Reactor—With a 3D Printed Core," 15 May 2020

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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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18 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Keg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce keg (audio)

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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