Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stake having a garland or bush of twigs at the top of it, set up as a sign before an ale-house.
- n. Also called ale-pole, ale-post.
- n. historical A stake or pole serving as a sign at an alehouse, often with a garland or "bush" attached.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A stake or pole projecting from, or set up before, an alehouse, as a sign; an alepole. At the end was commonly suspended a garland, a bunch of leaves, or a “bush.”
- ale + stake (Wiktionary)
“I am swinking from dawn to night, while you are guzzling in an alestake.”
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