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

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

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