- the Eucharist.
- the act of administering or receiving the Eucharist.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for housel
I pray you let me go upon my way, for there are those whom I would shrive and housel.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
For they shrive them and housel them evermore once or twice in the week.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
As he arose from the slab, a bird in housel for the night flew out of the box.The Prince of India, Volume II
In this life we require bread, and instruction, and partaking of the housel.
We were wedded out of hand by the priest that had been sent for to housel him, and in our true names.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- a medieval name for Eucharist
- (tr) to give the Eucharist to (someone)
Old English hūsl; related to Gothic hunsl sacrifice, Old Norse hūsl