Ale meaning

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The definition of ale is an alcoholic drink that is made with malt, hops and yeast.

The dark brown alcoholic drink served at English country festivals is an example of ale.

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A serving of this beer.
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A usually full-bodied beer that has been fermented at a relatively warm temperature.
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A usually full-bodied beer that has been fermented at a relatively warm temperature.
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A serving of this beer.
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A fermented drink made from malt, hops, and yeast, like beer, but by rapid fermentation at a relatively high temperature.
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An intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation and the addition of a bitter, usually hops.

Note: The word ale, in England and the United States, usually designates a heavier kind of fermented liquor, and the word beer a lighter kind. The word beer is also in common use as the generic name for all non-distilled malt liquors.

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A festival in English country places, so called from the liquor drunk.
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Origin of ale

  • Middle English from Old English ealu, alu alu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English ealu, alu alu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English ealu, ealo, from Proto-Germanic *aluþ (compare Dutch aal, Swedish öl), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elu- ‘bitter’. Compare Latin alum (“comfrey”), alūta (“tawed leather”), Polish (Eastern) jełki, iłki (“rancid”), Ancient Greek ἀλύδοιμος (aludoimos, “bitter”), and Albanian all (“of reddish colour”)

    From Wiktionary