a suffix of names of orders:
a malt beverage, darker, heavier, and more bitter than , containing about 6 percent alcohol by volume.
British, .
Contemporary Examples

A person who does not understand who he is,” the political scientist ales Ancipienka once explained, “is actually a Belarusian.
Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko. Kapil Komireddi January 27, 2014

The complex varieties of flavors that characterize these ales span floral tones and aromas of toasted grains and nuts.
5 Pioneering Ways to Cook with Beer Stacey Slate February 1, 2010

Brown ales are known for their sweet caramel tinge, though some medium-body types can have stronger tastes.
5 Pioneering Ways to Cook with Beer Stacey Slate February 1, 2010

Historical Examples

ales had resumed her work on the farm, but not with the spirit and vivacity of old.
The Making of William Edwards Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks

So ales Manfielde was condemned and executed; but not before she made her confession.
Witch Stories E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton

The sudden departure of ales at this inopportune juncture was another upset.
The Making of William Edwards Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks

There are extensive seed warehouses and testing grounds near Reading; and the Kennet and Windsor ales are in high repute.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6 Various

The various methods of raising money for the Church and poor have already been examined under the heading of ales.
Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England Richard Valpy French

The excellent quality of the Burton ales was long ago surmised to be due mainly to the well water obtainable in that town.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 Various

Robert Jones and ales both said they did, though they had never ventured there at midnight to see.
The Making of William Edwards Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks

a beer fermented in an open vessel using yeasts that rise to the top of the brew Compare beer, lager1
(formerly) an alcoholic drink made by fermenting a cereal, esp barley, but differing from beer by being unflavoured by hops
(mainly Brit) another word for beer
denoting plants belonging to an order: Rosales, Filicales

Old English ealu “ale, beer,” from Proto-Germanic *aluth- (cf. Old Saxon alo, Old Norse öl), perhaps from PIE root meaning “bitter” (cf. Latin alumen “alum”), or from PIE *alu-t “ale,” from root *alu-, which has connotations of “sorcery, magic, possession, intoxication.” The word was borrowed from Germanic into Lithuanian (alus) and Old Church Slavonic (olu).

In the fifteenth century, and until the seventeenth, ale stood for the unhopped fermented malt liquor which had long been the native drink of these islands. Beer was the hopped malt liquor introduced from the Low Countires in the fifteenth century and popular first of all in the towns. By the eighteenth century, however, all malt liquor was hopped and there had been a silent mutation in the meaning of the two terms. For a time the terms became synonymous, in fact, but local habits of nomenclature still continued to perpetuate what had been a real difference: ‘beer’ was the malt liquor which tended to be found in towns, ‘ale’ was the term in general use in the country districts. [Peter Mathias, “The Brewing Industry in England,” Cambridge University Press, 1959]

Meaning “festival or merry-meeting at which much ale was drunk” was in Old English (see bridal).

additional living expense


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