American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Vinegar produced by the fermentation of ale.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ale or beer which has been passed through the acetous fermentation; sour ale, used in the north of England as a cheap substitute for vinegar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Sour ale; vinegar made of ale.
- Blend of ale and vinegar. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, blend of ale, ale; see ale, and vinegar, vinegar; see vinegar. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This was the standard form of vinegar in beer-drinking Britain, where it was originally called alegar.”
“Take a little alegar or white wine vinegar, and put to it two or three blades of mace, with a little whole pepper and Jamaica pepper, a few bay leaves and salt, put to your buds, and scald them two or three times, then they are fit for use.”
“Take a little good alegar, put to it a little long pepper and”
“Jamaica pepper, a few bay leaves, a little horse-radish, a handful or two of mustard-seed, a little salt and a little rockambol if you have any, if not a few shalots; boil them altogether in the alegar, which put to your walnuts and let it stand three or four days, giving them a scald once a day, then tie them up for use.”
“Take a quart of vinegar or alegar, put it into a jug, then take”
“Take a little alegar, (the quantity must be equal to the quantity of your cucumbers, and so must your seasoning) a little pepper, a little Jamaica and long pepper, two or three shalots, a little horse-radish scraped or sliced, and little salt and a bit of allum, boil them altogether, and scald your cucumbers two or three times with your pickle, so tie them up for use.”
“Scale and clean your herrings, take out the milts and roans, and skewer them round, season them with a little pepper and salt, put them in a deep pot, cover them with alegar, put to them a little whole Jamaica pepper, and two or three bay leaves; bake them and keep them for use.”
“And as to your Rhenish and claret, and such stuff, I would not give a penny for the lot -- I'd as soon have a quart of alegar.”
“She stuck to his heels all the way along, and she beat him black and blue with her tongue, and he looked like a butt of alegar with a hogshead o 'mustard in it.”
“And there is alegar in the house, plenty," added Matthew.”
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