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“Old King Cole” definition


A nursery rhyme. Its first stanza reads:

Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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  • old king cole, will you have your three fiddlers play for the dance?

  • She might have chanted “old king cole” and reaped a houseful of applause.

    Seven Miles to Arden

    Ruth Sawyer
  • old king cole was a jolly old soul, And a jolly old soul was he.

  • It will do old king cole just as much good and keep him much happier.

    Leerie Ruth Sawyer
  • It was the moment when, like old king cole, he called for his pipe.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • old king cole will come and bring his fiddlers three to play for the young folks who dance.

  • So, all that were necessary to complete his personification of old king cole were the long-stemmed pipe and the serrated crown.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • I have heard him singing “old king cole” and half a dozen more songs, all mixed up in a heap, after a hunt-supper.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • The quaker's head was still ringing with drunken madrigals, and he proceeded to chaunt "old king cole."

  • Peter could be counted on to understand and meet any emergency that might arise, while old king cole would be kept content.

    Leerie Ruth Sawyer

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