\ 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

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 From multiuse coffee clips to an at-home nitro cold-brew keg, accessories and gadgets to further enhance the coffee drinking experience are key in this list. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 29 Oct. 2021 This all-day fest in the heart of a small town opens with a keg-tapping ceremony and a toast. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 One 1/6 barrel keg, four snifters, one ornament, one holiday hat, one pair of socks, one bottle of Christmas Ale ham glaze, $188.64 (plus $30 deposit), limit one. Marc Bona, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2020 That day, the brewpub will open at 11 a.m. and the first keg will be tapped at 11:30 a.m. Marc Bona, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 The last keg of the current batch will be taken off and sent to judges at the Ohio Craft Beer Cup, McCleese said. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, 14 Sep. 2021 Astrup died in 1928, at 47, after catching a deathly chill in an open carriage on the way to a winter opening of a youth center, having wrapped his coat around a keg of beer to keep it fluid., 11 Aug. 2021 What to expect: German and local beers, ceremonial keg tapping, festive music, Friday fish fry, food truck food Saturday, traditional German games, like hammerschlagen and raise your pint, and a 0.5K fun run at O’Donohughe’s. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 The annual keg tapping tradition is Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Prost Stage. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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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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