- An indoxicate, intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation and the addition of a bitter, usually hops.
Etymology: Old English ealu, cognate with (Icel.), , and (Dan.) íl, (Lith.) alus a kind of beer, OCS olí beer. Compare with ól drink, drinking.
- Note: The word ale, in England and the United States, usually designates a heavier kind of fermented liquor, and the word beer a lighter kind. The word beer is also in common use as the generic name for all malt liquors.
- A festival in English country places, so called from the liquor drunk.
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