[ kawd-l ]
/ ˈkɔd l /


a warm drink for the sick, as of wine or ale mixed with eggs, bread, sugar, spices, etc.

Origin of caudle

1250–1300; Middle English caudel < Old North French < Medieval Latin caldellum, equivalent to Latin calid(um) warmed watered wine (noun use of neuter of calidus warm) + -ellum diminutive suffix; see -elle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caudle


/ (ˈkɔːdəl) /


a hot spiced wine drink made with gruel, formerly used medicinally

Word Origin for caudle

C13: from Old Northern French caudel, from Medieval Latin caldellum, from Latin calidus warm
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Word Origin and History for caudle



"hot drink," late 13c., from Old North French caudel (Old French chaudel, 12c., Modern French chaudeau), from Medieval Latin caldellum, diminutive of caldum, neuter of Latin caldus "warm" (see calorie).

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