\ 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

Much better, for instance, than the childish stuffed animals that so many girls affected, or the giant stuffed footballs or beer kegs that could be bought at the college bookstore. Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker, "The Stone," 2 Sep. 2019 Chicago’s famous comedy club, Second City, has teamed up with Fifty/50 Restaurant Group to create Utopian Tailgate, an indoor-outdoor space overlooking downtown that offers everything from fried pickles to pretzels with keg beer cheese. Kari Bodnarchuk,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 27 Aug. 2019 Judging will kick off Friday, Aug. 16, about 6 p.m. at Prost with a ceremonial keg tapping of Prost Edition Pilsner, a beer brew for the event by Craftwerk Brewing, Bitburger’s experimental brewery. Andre Meunier,, "Oregon beer this week: Prost’s pilsner throwdown, Portland Brewing’s 2nd ‘weird’ release, plus events," 9 Aug. 2019 The tailgate-style event, dubbed the Gardens University, will also feature fun raffles, games, popcorn and root beer kegs. Doreen Christensen,, "College students get $40 in free cash at the Gardens Mall on Saturday," 7 Aug. 2019 Some 20 people, including Julia and Vazquez, hid in the back of a semi-trailer that was being loaded with beer kegs before the shooting started. Los Angeles Times, "A 19-year-old with a semiautomatic rifle shatters Gilroy’s beloved garlic festival, killing 3, including 2 children," 30 July 2019 In addition to the tattoos, the shop will have keg beer for a $5 donation to OCAS and a cat portrait tattoo raffle by artist Timothy Lease. Patrick Connolly,, "Adopt a cat, get a tatt during special adoption event this weekend," 20 June 2019 During the commodity-price boom in 2008, theft of metal objects, including beer kegs, manhole covers and even art works, became the target of thieves. David Hodari, WSJ, "Thieves Mine Catalytic Converters for Metal More Valuable Than Gold," 10 Feb. 2019 State officials seized 2,979 bottles of liquor, 3,108 bottles of wine, 2,954 bottles and cans of beer and 31 kegs of beer stashed on the resort’s property and in unlicensed warehouses. Washington Post, "Deal lets luxury Montana ski club keeps its liquor licenses," 25 June 2019

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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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