Sunday, December 24, 2006
wassail noun [WAH-sul; wah-SAYL] An expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to someone.
Definitions for wassail
- An expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to someone.
- An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse.
- The liquor used for a wassail; especially, a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.
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Citations for wassail
Christmas often means plum pudding, fruitcake, roast goose and wassail.
But have you ever tried to spear a buffalo after a hard night at theold wassail bowl?
Origin of wassail
Wassail is from the Middle English expression of festive benevolence, wæs hæil!, be well!, from Old Norse ves heill, be (ves) well (heill).