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Definition of ale noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ale

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    noun
    BrE BrE//eɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//eɪl//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a type of beer, usually sold in bottles or cans. There are several kinds of ale. brown/pale ale
  2. 2[countable] a glass, bottle or can of ale Two light ales please.
  3. 3[uncountable] (old-fashioned) beer generally
  4. see also brown ale, ginger ale, real ale
    Word Origin Old English alu, ealu, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse ǫl. Formerly the word referred especially to the paler varieties of beer.Extra examples He drank several pints of ale. This pub specializes in fine ales. the growth in demand for real ale
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