[hou-zuh l]Archaic.
verb (used with object), hou·seled, hou·sel·ing or (especially British) hou·selled, hou·sel·ling.
  1. 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. 2018

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  1. a medieval name for Eucharist
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled
  1. (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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