\ 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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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 Giant dish mirrors in the New Mexico desert erected by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories capture some of that energy and have been used to concentrate it on a cylindrical machine that looks like a beer keg—a would-be solar-fuel generator. David Biello, Scientific American, "Reverse Combustion: Can CO2 Be Turned Back into Fuel?," 23 Sep. 2010 Use a watermelon tapper to create a fun keg out of the watermelon rind. Laura Wheatman Hill,, "How to make watermelon juice," 27 Feb. 2021 Artwork will be displayed in The Loft alongside a fiery firkin keg. Anchorage Daily News, "A roundup of fun, pandemic-safe events happening soon in Anchorage," 4 Feb. 2021 That meant draft beer was on hold, so keg production was no longer a viable option. cleveland, "Candemic forecast: Expect breweries to deal with strain on can supply into 2021," 22 Dec. 2020 Fill the keg with clean, cold tap water and lock the lid into place. New York Times, "Make A DIY Seltzerator," 12 Dec. 2020 Its flanks were pure muscle, its body as wide and solid as a keg of beer. Nate Matthews, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Baja By Bike," 7 Dec. 2020 Such a mechanism could also have been employed to convey beer barrels between the cellars and the courtyard level, where a one-story keg-filling room, since demolished, was built in the mid-1880s. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Ghost of Breweries Past," 30 Oct. 2020 Packages range from a crowler (32-ounce can) of Christmas Ale to the Ultimate First Pour at Home Celebration package, which features a 1/6 barrel keg of the ale, glassware, limited-edition merchandise and more. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Great Lakes Brewing Co. changes Christmas Ale First Pour Party," 29 Sep. 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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“Keg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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