- Christmas, or the Christmas season.
Origin of yule
Examples from the Web for yule
The grand staircase is as black before me as a Yule midnight!Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
This was at Yule, and the same practice held in the parish school of Thrums.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
He's a fool that marries at Yule; for when the bairn's to bear the corn's to shear.The Proverbs of Scotland
The Yule log was blazing and sputtering all sorts of fireworks and colors.Fairy Prince and Other Stories
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
"Geoffrey," whispered Mr. Yule, with an air of satisfaction.Moods
Louisa May Alcott
- (sometimes capital) literary, archaic, or dialect
- Christmas, the Christmas season, or Christmas festivities
- (in combination)yuletide
Word Origin and History for yule
Old English geol, geola "Christmas Day, Christmastide," from Old Norse jol (plural), a heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity, of unknown origin.
The Old English (Anglian) cognate giuli was the Anglo-Saxons' name for a two-month midwinter season corresponding to Roman December and January, a time of important feasts but not itself a festival. After conversion to Christianity it narrowed to mean "the 12-day feast of the Nativity" (which began Dec. 25), but was replaced by Christmas by 11c., except in the northeast (areas of Danish settlement), where it remained the usual word.
Revived 19c. by writers to mean "the Christmas of 'Merrie England.' " First direct reference to the Yule log is 17c. Old Norse jol seems to have been borrowed in Old French as jolif, hence Modern French joli "pretty, nice," originally "festive" (see jolly).