[ hou-zuh l ]
/ ˈhaʊ zəl /


the Eucharist.
the act of administering or receiving the Eucharist.

verb (used with object), hou·seled, hou·sel·ing or (especially British) hou·selled, hou·sel·ling.

to administer the Eucharist to.

Origin of housel

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English hūsl the Eucharist, probably orig. offering; cognate with Old Norse hūsl, Gothic hunsl sacrifice, offering; (v.) Middle English houselen, Old English hūslian, derivative of the noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for housel

/ (ˈhaʊzəl) /


a medieval name for Eucharist

verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled

(tr) to give the Eucharist to (someone)

Word Origin for housel

Old English hūsl; related to Gothic hunsl sacrifice, Old Norse hūsl
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