from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A specially excellent kind of ale brewed at certain colleges in the English universities, originally for use on audit-day.


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  • "Yet some of his time he spent ... watching the slow, regular sequence of agricultural life and sipping a pot of audit ale."

    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 49

    A Sea of Words defines this as "A special ale brewed at some of the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge and served on audit day, when students had to pay their bills." (p. 94)

    March 19, 2008

  • Extra strong ale, supposed to be drunk when the accounts are audited.

    J.C. Hotten, Slang Dictionary, 1887

    February 4, 2009