a suffix of names of orders: Cycadales.

< Latin plural of -ālis -al1

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a malt beverage, darker, heavier, and more bitter than beer, containing about 6 percent alcohol by volume.
British, beer.

before 950; Middle English; Old English (e)alu (genitive ealoth); cognate with Old Saxon alo-, Middle Dutch ale, ael, Old Norse ǫl; Lithuanian alùs, OCS olŭ; Finnish, Estonian olut; areal word of North Europe

ale, ail, awl.
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ale (eɪl)
1.  beer Compare lager a beer fermented in an open vessel using yeasts that rise to the top of the brew
2.  (formerly) an alcoholic drink made by fermenting a cereal, esp barley, but differing from beer by being unflavoured by hops
3.  chiefly (Brit) another word for beer
[Old English alu, ealu; related to Old Norse öl, Old Saxon alofat]

suffix forming plural proper nouns
denoting plants belonging to an order: Rosales; Filicales
[New Latin, from Latin, plural of -ālis-al1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ealu "ale, beer," from P.Gmc. *aluth- (cf. O.S. alo, O.N. öl), perhaps from PIE root meaning "bitter" (cf. L. alumen "alum"), or from PIE *alu-t "ale," from base *alu-, which has connotations of "sorcery, magic, possession, intoxication." The word was borrowed from Gmc. into Lith. (alus) and
O.C.S. (olu). Ale and beer were synonymous until growing of hops began in England early 15c.
"[A]t present 'beer' is in the trade the generic name for all malt liquors, 'ale' being specifically applied to the paler coloured kinds, the malt for which has not been roasted or burnt; but the popular application of the two words varies in different localities." [OED]
Meaning "festival or merry-meeting at which much ale was drunk" was in O.E. (see bridal). An alehouse (O.E. eala-huse) "is distinguished from a tavern, where they sell wine" [Johnson].
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
additional living expense
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Example sentences
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