from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as buttered ale (which see, under butter, transitive verb).


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  • Thence home and to the office, and so home having a great cold, and so my wife and Mrs. Barbary have very great ones, we are at a loss how we all come by it together, so to bed, drinking butter-ale.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Mar/Apr 1665/66


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