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ale

[ eyl ]
/ eɪl /
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noun
a malt beverage, darker, heavier, and more bitter than beer, containing about 6 percent alcohol by volume.
British. beer (def. 1).
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Origin of ale

First recorded before 950; Middle English; Old English (e)alu (genitive ealoth ); cognate with Old Saxon alo-, Middle Dutch ale, ael, Old Norse ǫl; Lithuanian alùs, Old Church Slavonic olŭ; Finnish, Estonian olut

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ale

ale , ail, awl

Other definitions for ale (2 of 2)

A.L.E.

abbreviation Insurance.
additional living expense.
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British Dictionary definitions for ale

ale
/ (eɪl) /

noun
a beer fermented in an open vessel using yeasts that rise to the top of the brewCompare beer, lager 1
(formerly) an alcoholic drink made by fermenting a cereal, esp barley, but differing from beer by being unflavoured by hops
mainly British another word for beer

Word Origin for ale

Old English alu, ealu; related to Old Norse öl, Old Saxon alofat
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