Origin of aleMiddle English from Old English ealu, ealo from Indo-European base an unverified form alu(t)-, bitter, beer, alum
A glass of brown ale.
The dark brown alcoholic drink served at English country festivals is an example of ale.
- A usually full-bodied beer that has been fermented at a relatively warm temperature.
- A serving of this beer.
Origin of aleMiddle English from Old English ealu, alu ; see alu- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural ales)
- 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.
- A festival in English country places, so called from the liquor drunk.
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”)
ale - Computer Definition
(Application Launching & Embedding) A feature in Citrix products that enables Windows and Unix applications to be embedded into and/or launched from an HTML page without any code change. It was originally deployed in Citrix's MetaFrame and WinFrame products. See Citrix XenApp.
- His diet was starting one ale early.
- The chief drinks were ale and mead.
- The use made of the flowers to impart a spicy flavour to ale and wine is alluded to by Chaucer, who writes: "And many a clove gilofre To put in ale"; also by Spenser, who refers to them by the name of sops in wine, which was applied in consequence of their being steeped in the liquor.
- Tell them not to order ginger ale the next time.
- Thomas Fuller writing in 1662 mentions lead, malt and ale as the chief products of the county, and the Buxton waters were already famous in his day.