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[keg] /kɛg/
a small cask or barrel, usually holding from 5 to 10 gallons (19 to 38 liters).
a unit of weight, equal to 100 pounds (45 kilograms), used for nails.
Also, kegger. a keg party; beer bust.
Origin of keg
1585-95; earlier cag < Old Norse kaggi Unabridged
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a small barrel with a capacity of between five and ten gallons
  1. an aluminium container in which beer is transported and stored
  2. Also called keg beer. beer kept in a keg: it is infused with gas and served under pressure
Word Origin
C17: variant of Middle English kag, of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse kaggi cask
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Word Origin and History for keg

1630s, earlier kag (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kaggi "keg, cask," of unknown origin. Cognate with Swedish kagge, Norwegian kagg. Specific sense of "barrel of beer" is from 1945. U.S. student slang kegger "party featuring a keg of beer" attested by 1969.

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