Definition of ale in English:


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Pronunciation: /eɪl


[mass noun] chiefly British
1Any beer other than lager, stout, or porter: a draught of ale [count noun]: traditional cask-conditioned ales
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  • The most common, or at least best known are lager, ale, stout and pilsner.
  • The Skeff Bar, Eyre Square, raised the price of a pint of stout, ale, lager, cider and a measure of whiskey by 10 cents.
  • Two publicans in the city centre were found to have added 10 cents to the prices of a measure of whiskey and pints of stout, ale, lager and cider.
1.1North American Beer brewed by top fermentation.
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  • Acrid with the cigars and pipes held by half the room's population and sweet with wine and brewing ale.
  • They found references indicating that about 445 years ago, a non-stout, non-porter black ale was brewed in Belgium.
  • Evander smiled as he watched his little sister leave, taking another sip at the strong brew of ale that lay in front of him.
1.2 historical A drink made like beer but without the addition of hops.
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  • Twenty years ago, seven out of every 10 pints drunk were ale.
  • He could see quite a few sailors, laughing, smoking and drinking foaming pints of ale.
  • I sat on bar stools, drinking pints of warm ale with my mates.


Old English alu, ealu, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse ǫl. Formerly the word referred especially to the paler varieties of beer.

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