"sweet cake," c.1200, from Old French simenel "fine wheat flour; flat bread cake, Lenten cake," probably by dissimilation from Vulgar Latin *siminellus (also source of Old High German semala "the finest wheat flour," German Semmel "a roll"), a diminutive of Latin simila "fine flour" (see semolina).
With disparaging magnanimity in victory, Henry took simnel into his kitchens as a turnspit.
The mere suppression of insurrections like those of simnel and Warbeck was a small part of his task.
Halliwell says, a simnel is generally made in a three-cornered form.
simnel, who was but a boy, was taken over to Ireland to perform his part, and the farce was wonderfully successful.
Mid-Lent, or Mothering Sunday, has its peculiar fare in simnel cakes.
simnel was taken and made a scullion in the king's kitchen, Lincoln fell on the field.
They usually took as a present for their mother a small cake known as a simnel.
It is not improbable that the name "simnel" was in Saxon times employed to designate a finer or superior kind of bread or cake.
The word "simnel" has given rise to much discussion amongst etymologists.
The native Irish appear not to have had the least doubt that simnel was what he represented himself to be.