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

Historical Examples of caudle

  • But it was Mrs. Caudle, of course, that offered a bait too tempting to be resisted.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • There seemed to be no sort of provision for "Caudle lectures."

    Tenting on the Plains

    Elizabeth B. Custer

  • Of course, they belong to you; and anybody but your own flesh and blood, Mr. Caudle.

  • It's all the same, Mr. Caudle, if you go among smoking people.

  • No, Mr. Caudle, no; it's no use your telling me to go to sleep, for I won't.

British Dictionary definitions for caudle


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