a liquor consisting of honey and water that, when fermented, becomes mead.

Origin of hydromel

1555–65; < Latin < Greek hydrómeli, equivalent to hydro- hydro-1 + méli honey; replacing late Middle English ydromel < Medieval Latin (variant of hydromel)
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Historical Examples of hydromel

  • The slaves carried baskets with cakes, roast meats and jars of hydromel.

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    Louis Couperus

  • The Drevlians, full of joy at this message, gathered honey in quantities and brewed it into hydromel.

  • On going to rest he fancied he should be thirsty at night, and called Leo to place a pitcher of hydromel by his bedside.

  • I, like all authors, am glad to have a little praise now and then (it is my hydromel), but it must be dispensed by others.

  • The old witch served her guests with a good supper, and gave them wine and hydromel to drink.

British Dictionary definitions for hydromel



archaic another word for mead 1

Word Origin for hydromel

C15: from Latin, from Greek hudromeli, from hydro- + meli honey
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