Definition of ale stake in English:

ale stake


historical, figurative
  • A stake or post set up as the sign for a public house or tavern, originally having a branch or bunch of leaves attached, later supporting the signboard. Occasionally also (by metonymy): a public house or tavern. Also figurative. Compare alebush ale-pole Now chiefly historical.

    Related ale-pole
    and See also alebush


Late Middle English. From ale + stake.


ale stake