yard-of-ale

[ yahrd-uh v-eyl ]
/ ˈyɑrd əvˈeɪl /

noun

a trumpet-shaped glass about 3 feet (1 meter) long with a bulb at the closed end, for serving ale or beer.
the amount contained in such a glass.

Nearby words

  1. yard goods,
  2. yard grass,
  3. yard of ale,
  4. yard sale,
  5. yard-long bean,
  6. yardage,
  7. yardang,
  8. yardarm,
  9. yardbird,
  10. yardie

Origin of yard-of-ale

First recorded in 1885–90

Also called aleyard, yard.

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British Dictionary definitions for yard of ale

yard of ale

noun

the beer or ale contained in a narrow horn-shaped drinking glass, usually about one yard long and holding between two and three pints
such a drinking glass itself
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