\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.

Synonyms for keg

Synonyms: Noun

barrel, butt, cask, hogshead, pipe, puncheon, tun

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Examples of keg in a Sentence


They drank an entire keg of beer.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For the cask-strength, single-malt Port Pipe, Chichibu’s distillers age the whiskey in Port kegs still wet from the Port, which gives the resulting liquid a pink-ish glow. Dan Q. Dao, GQ, "Japanese Whisky: A Guide for the Thirsty and Curious," 2 Apr. 2018 This year’s collaborative keg comes from Japandroids, who will play Sunday at the festival. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Japandroids create 'Canadian style pale ale' with Goose Island for this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival," 13 June 2018 Helio Basin is a strip mall joint at Thomas Road and 40th Street with roll-up doors, high tops aplenty and little in the way of decoration save for a cadre of kegs and shipping pallets stacked with beer cans. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 Hoey and Archie met nearly a decade ago when Hoey's Facebook friend posted that Pangaea Bier Cafe hooked up a keg of Affligem Noel, a hard-to-find Belgian winter ale. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "‘Bold and flavorful’ brewery and smokehouse to open near Southside Park on Saturday | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 But just before the Cubs’ last home series of the 2017 season, the ballpark’s concession management partner, Levy Restaurants, ordered more than 100 kegs of Lagunitas IPA to hastily install on 27 taps. Josh Noel,, "Lagunitas IPA back for another season at Wrigley Field," 4 Apr. 2018 In two weeks, this thin barley broth, called wort, will ferment into beer, be transferred to kegs, and poured from the taps on the other side of the cinder block wall. Lara Korte, WSJ, "New York Sees Boom in Craft Breweries, With More on Tap," 12 July 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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\ˈkeg \

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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