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[noh-el for 1, 2; noh-uh l, nohl for 3] /noʊˈɛl for 1, 2; ˈnoʊ əl, noʊl for 3/
the Christmas season; yuletide.
(lowercase) a Christmas song or carol.
a male given name.
Origin of Noel
1805-15; < FrenchLatin nātālis (diēs) birthday; see natal Unabridged
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  • This so pleased Noel that he advanced my wages to a dollar and a half a week.

  • This having been accomplished, they proceeded in the direction of Mrs. Noel's cottage.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • "Feels a bit grumpy, I fancy," thought Noel, with a suppressed grin.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • And that same afternoon the girl made her way to Mrs. Noel's flat.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • I like it better than Noel's poetry, though I told him I did not, because he looked as if he was going to cry.

British Dictionary definitions for Noel


(esp in carols) another word for Christmas
(often not capital) (rare) a Christmas carol
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin nātālis a birthday; see natal1
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Word Origin and History for Noel

late 14c., nowel "feast of Christmas," from Old French noel "the Christmas season," variant of nael, from Latin natalis (dies) "birth (day)," in Church Latin in reference to the birthday of Christ, from natus, past participle of nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). The modern word in English, with the sense "a Christmas carol" (1811) probably is a separate borrowing from French. As a masc. proper name, from Old French, probably literally "of or born on Christmas."

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