Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small cask or barrel with a capacity of about 30 gallons (114 liters).
  • n. Such a container and its contents.
  • n. A unit of weight used for nails, equal to 100 pounds (45.5 kilograms).
  • transitive v. To put or store in a small cask or barrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A round, traditionally wooden container of lesser capacity than a barrel, often used to store beer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small cask or barrel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small cask or barrel; a cask-shaped vessel of indefinite size, but in capacity less than half a barrel, usually from 5 to 10 gallons.
  • n. A lump; piece.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small cask or barrel
  • n. the quantity contained in a keg

Etymologies

Middle English kag, from Old Norse kaggi.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kag, from Old Norse kaggi ("keg") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What they're saying is that the alcohol started out as a pre-party with the seniors and some of the girls who watched the videotape with me said that there were four kegs there and some of the video we showed you yesterday were girls doing what they called keg stands, hand stands on kegs, excessive amounts of drinking.

    CNN Transcript May 10, 2003

  • Â Plus that, the keg is enclosed, so the beer stays cold and there is less waste!

    Things About The Mobile Keg On Wheels | myFiveBest

  • Â Buying beer by the keg is MUCH CHEAPER than buying it in the bottle.

    Things About The Mobile Keg On Wheels | myFiveBest

  • And if from this conjunction a baby was born, the infernal rite was resumed, all around a little jar of wine, which they called the keg, and they became drunk and would cut the baby to pieces, and pour its blood into the goblet, and they threw babies on the fire, still alive, and they mixed the baby's ashes and his blood, and drank! "

    The Name of the Rose

  • And remember, the keg is reusable — think environment an’ [...]

    Keg wine comes to the Finger Lakes, NY | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • I love that a keg is a "system" - but that's patent-ese for you.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • You just know that he didn't call the keg the next day like he promised.

    Dlisted - Be Very Afraid

  • They say that what those seniors are doing are called keg stands.

    CNN Transcript May 9, 2003

  • If the keg or barrel is filled with beer, the same becomes apparent from the beer showing itself in the glass gauge; then the faucet, B, is closed, the copper bung is lifted out of the bung hole, and the beer contained in the pipe is just sufficient to completely fill the keg, which is then bunged up, while the apparatus is transferred to the next keg.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 401, September 8, 1883

  • As I was groping, I felt an object in the bottom of the boat that I knew at once was the boat's lantern keg, which is kept in all whale-boats.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 8 Animal and Nature Stories

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