Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stake or pole serving as a sign at an alehouse, often with a garland or "bush" attached.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.”

from The 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.

Etymologies

ale +‎ stake (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I am swinking from dawn to night, while you are guzzling in an alestake.

    Sir Nigel

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