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lager1

[lah-ger, law-] /ˈlɑ gər, ˈlɔ-/
noun
1.
Also called lager beer. a beer stored from six weeks to six months for aging before use.
verb (used with object)
2.
to age (beer) usually by storing in tanks at just-below freezing temperatures for several weeks or months.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; short for lager beer, half adoption, half translation of German Lagerbier. See lair1, beer
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British Dictionary definitions for lager-beer

lager1

/ˈlɑːɡə/
noun
1.
a light-bodied effervescent beer, fermented in a closed vessel using yeasts that sink to the bottom of the brew Compare ale
Word Origin
C19: from German Lagerbier beer for storing, from Lager storehouse

lager2

/ˈlɑːɡə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of laager
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Word Origin and History for lager-beer

lager

n.

1858, American English, short for lager beer (1845), from German Lagerbier "beer brewed for keeping" some months before being drunk, from Lager "storehouse" (see lair) + Bier "beer."

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