- Also called lager beer. a beer stored from six weeks to six months for aging before use.
- to age (beer) usually by storing in tanks at just-below freezing temperatures for several weeks or months.
Origin of lager1
- a camp or encampment, especially within a protective circle of wagons.
- to arrange or encamp in a laager.
Origin of laager
1840–50; < Afrikaans laer, earlier lager; cognate with German Lager camp. See lair1
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Examples from the Web for lager
Help it all down with one of the many home-brewed beers—the lager and seasonal Christmas beer disappeared quickly at our table.Gal With a Suitcase
December 5, 2009
"I wouldn't mind having a glass of lager beer," acknowledged the other.Strictly Business
I will stand the lager, as that will probably be more to your taste.
We had better omit the "Lager," and begin "Die Piccolomini."
The talk of the soldiers in the "Lager" she pointed out to me as "just what it would be."
Under the use of iron and lager beer she recovered her health and strength.Sleep and Its Derangements
William A. Hammond
- a light-bodied effervescent beer, fermented in a closed vessel using yeasts that sink to the bottom of the brewCompare ale
C19: from German Lagerbier beer for storing, from Lager storehouse
- a variant spelling of laager
- (in Africa) a camp, esp one defended by a circular formation of wagons
- military a place where armoured vehicles are parked
- to form (wagons) into a laager
- (tr) to park (armoured vehicles) in a laager
C19: from Afrikaans lager, via German from Old High German legar bed, lair
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Word Origin and History for lager
1858, American English, short for lager beer (1845), from German Lagerbier "beer brewed for keeping" some months before being drunk, from Lager "storehouse" (see lair) + Bier "beer."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper