Origin of ale
Definition for ale (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for ale
Lynchburg is a six-month-old German sausage and ale house in the heart of Panama's San Francisco neighborhood.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One wine aficionado had given up on finding an ale she actually liked.
Beer and ale, for example, in Great Britain, and wine, even in the wine countries, I call luxuries.
The Daily Telegraph could not resist headlining the piece: Ale Under the Veil.
The popular Fat Tire ale is one of seven being produced in its Fort Collins facility.
Then here be fritters in the court fashion, made with curds of sack posset, eggs and ale, and seasoned with nutmeg and pepper.The Lancashire Witches|William Harrison Ainsworth
Several days before Christmas, the whole farmhouse was scrubbed and cleaned, while bread was baked and ale brewed.Our Little Finnish Cousin|Clara Vostrovsky Winlow
Now at the place whither I am bound, there is ale, or my gentleman has lied to me.Captain Ravenshaw|Robert Neilson Stephens
Then lay them in a pan of allegar or ale vinegar, for a quarter of an hour, and wash them about in it.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches|Eliza Leslie
The King ordered that meat and drink should be given him, but Eisirt said, "I will neither eat of your meat nor drink of ale."
British Dictionary definitions for ale
Word Origin for ale
Word Origin and History for ale
Old English ealu "ale, beer," from Proto-Germanic *aluth- (cf. Old Saxon alo, Old Norse öl), perhaps from PIE root meaning "bitter" (cf. Latin alumen "alum"), or from PIE *alu-t "ale," from root *alu-, which has connotations of "sorcery, magic, possession, intoxication." The word was borrowed from Germanic into Lithuanian (alus) and Old Church Slavonic (olu).
In the fifteenth century, and until the seventeenth, ale stood for the unhopped fermented malt liquor which had long been the native drink of these islands. Beer was the hopped malt liquor introduced from the Low Countires in the fifteenth century and popular first of all in the towns. By the eighteenth century, however, all malt liquor was hopped and there had been a silent mutation in the meaning of the two terms. For a time the terms became synonymous, in fact, but local habits of nomenclature still continued to perpetuate what had been a real difference: 'beer' was the malt liquor which tended to be found in towns, 'ale' was the term in general use in the country districts. [Peter Mathias, "The Brewing Industry in England," Cambridge University Press, 1959]
Meaning "festival or merry-meeting at which much ale was drunk" was in Old English (see bridal).