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Ale. n.s. [al, Sax.]

  1. A liquour made by infusing malt [See Malt.] in hot water, and then fermenting the liquor.

    I'll scratch your heads; you must be seeing christenings.
    Do you look for ale and cakes here, you rude rascals?
    Shakesp. Henry VIII.

    The fertility of the soil in grain, and its being not proper for vines, put the Egyptians upon drinking ale, of which they were the inventors. Arbuthnot on Coins.

  2. A merry meeting used in country places.

    And all the neighbourhoods, from old records
    Of antick proverbs drawn from Whitson lords,
    And their authorities at wakes and ales,
    With country precedents, and old wives tales,
    We bring you now.
    Ben. Johnson.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Jonson, Ben (70)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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