\ 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

The Crusher’s statute has him holding a keg of beer over his right shoulder. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Low-key Rocco Baldelli has just the right touch for Twins," 15 June 2019 The traditional tapping of the keg will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. Chicago Tribune,, "Summer brings festivals and fairs to the Lake County region," 13 May 2018 Two people were injured in Cecil County on Tuesday when a vehicle and a tractor-trailer hauling kegs of beer crashed. Lillian Reed,, "Two injured in Cecil County crash involving tractor-trailer hauling beer, police say," 18 June 2019 The company has come a long way since founders Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol sold their first keg of beer on June 9, 1994. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "See Saint Arnold Brewing Company's humble beginnings in the 1990s," 11 June 2019 Imagine triangles spinning around a shower curtain rod inside a beer keg—that is an elemental description of the screaming Wankel rotary engine. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 Instagram-famous people were everywhere, eating sustainable seafood lunches with Zimmern, posing with a keg-size bottle of wine or sweating off their excesses with yoga classes. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Get a taste of the nation's fanciest food & wine festival, with Martha Stewart, top chefs," 16 June 2019 Lines can get 100- or 200-deep, especially when word spreads that a fresh keg has been tapped of a limited edition brew (Omnipollo’s Blueberry Pancake? Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Beervana on the Central Coast: the 2019 Firestone Walker Invitational Fest," 6 June 2019 These tariffs have already wreaked havoc on American businesses that use aluminum and steel to produce everything from automobiles to beer kegs and baseball bats. David Mcintosh, WSJ, "No New Nafta Until Tariffs Have Been Lifted," 9 Dec. 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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