ale post (plural ale posts)
- A post displaying a pub sign; an alestake.
1808, Joseph Hall, Works:
- O honor, farre beyond a brazen shrine,
- To sit with Tarleton on an ale post's signe
1957, Alfred Edgar Coppard, It's Me, O Lord!:
- I believe it was the George the Something or other, although I feel sure that no monarch of any era would have felt at home in the neighbourhood or been gratified by the alepost's honourable mention of him.
1991, Simone Zelitch, The Confession of Jack Straw, →ISBN:
- I looked for the alepost of the Fighting Cock, and found none.
Many nineteenth century dictionaries and wordlists define ale post as a maypole. This is an error which originated in Thomas Speght's Life of Chaucer and was copied by others.