Origin of ale
- additional living expense.
Examples from the Web for ale
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 30, 2014
One wine aficionado had given up on finding an ale she actually liked.Wine Snobs, There’s a Beer for You
April 5, 2014
Beer and ale, for example, in Great Britain, and wine, even in the wine countries, I call luxuries.What We Can Learn From Rioting in Sweden
May 28, 2013
The Daily Telegraph could not resist headlining the piece: Ale Under the Veil.Ale Under the Veil
March 26, 2012
The popular Fat Tire ale is one of seven being produced in its Fort Collins facility.Winds of Change: Who's Doing What in Wind?
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February 7, 2011
Historical Examples of ale
Away runs the waiter to the bar, and gets the ale from the landlord.Sunday under Three Heads
One more round of mead or ale and the score to the last comer.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He had a lighted cigar in his hand, and brought with him airs of ale and tobacco smoke.Little Dorrit
The hyseters he has eat, and the pints of ale he has drank, in this house—!'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
Let us be merry, for the day is sweet and the ale is tingling.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
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).