alestake definition

  • noun:
    • A stake or pole helping as an indicator at an alehouse, usually with a garland or "bush" attached.
    • A stake or pole projecting from, or put up before, an alehouse, as a sign; an alepole. By the end was generally suspended a garland, a bunch of leaves, or a “bush.”
    • A stake having a garland or bush of twigs at the top of it, set up as an indicator before an ale-house.
    • Also called ale-pole, ale-post.

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