Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stake having a garland or bush of twigs at the top of it, set up as a sign before an ale-house.
  • noun Also called ale-pole, ale-post.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.”

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

Etymologies

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ale +‎ stake

Examples

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

    Sir Nigel

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

    Sir Nigel

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  • When travelers and steeds need a break

    There’s thirst of the horses to slake,

    But coachmen will push

    To the welcoming bush

    And go till they find an alestake.

    November 13, 2018

  • I guessed it was old Abenaki

    Or maybe a rare type of sake,

    But alestake is pure

    Plain English for sure

    And none of that furrin malarkey.

    November 13, 2018