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Origin of Noel
Words nearby Noel
What does Noel mean?
Most Christians celebrate the holiday on December 25, but it is celebrated on January 7 in the Orthodox Church due to the use of a different calendar.
However, the word Noel is often used in a religious context. It’s possible for people to wish each other a Happy Noel, but the word is perhaps most commonly seen written on things like Christmas cards and decorations.
The word can also be used to refer to a Christmas carol or song (in which case it is not capitalized), but is no longer commonly used this way.
Fittingly, most people know the word from the popular Christmas carol “The First Noel.”
Example: We wish you and your family a joyous Noel!
Where does Noel come from?
The first records of the word Noel in English come from the early 1800s. It comes from French Nöel—the French way of saying Merry Christmas is Joyeux Noël.
The word derives from Latin word nātālis (diēs), meaning “birthday.” Another name for Christmas is Nativity. Both Nativity and Noel reference the birth of Jesus and ultimately come from the Latin verb nāscī, meaning “to be born.” The English word natal (meaning “relating to a person’s birth”) is also based on this root.
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How is Noel used in real life?
Noel is usually used on things like Christmas cards and decorations. Most people know the word from the Christmas carol “The First Noel.”
Joyful Noel…. spending time with family in Texas
— Jessica Alexander (@JAlexander2) December 26, 2009
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!! Joyous Noel and happy holidays!!!
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Is Noel used correctly in the following sentence?
We gather here today to celebrate Noel, the Nativity of our Lord.
Example sentences from the Web for Noel
Noel declined to comment on what public health measures Wilkie observed to participate in the event.
Noel didn’t respond to a question about Wilkie’s political ambitions.
Noel Canning comes out of the dysfunction surrounding appointments to the five-member NLRB.
Grossman recruited Noel Stookey instead, who henceforth went by his middle name Paul.
But the real reason for the outcry to the joke was contained in the article written by Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters.
In the early 2000s, Dutschke joined a Tupelo studio called Kinetic Kick owned by Noel McMichael.
The rest is filler, which means you have to listen to “The First Noel” and “The Christmas Song” a lot more than you might like.Christmas Music Sucks (Mostly), but Here’s a Playlist of Holiday Gems|Malcolm Jones|December 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
M. Noel, in a dress-coat, very dark skinned and with mutton-chop whiskers, came forward to meet us.
"And he would have done very well," remarked M. Noel, entering at these last words, very much excited.
A diversion was another portrait of himself, this time undertaken by Charles Noel Flagg.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
I have ordered Mr. Noel to drop every article in my Lords commissions when they shall be hoisted up to too high a price.Prices of Books|Henry B. Wheatley
When Mr. Noel had finished his farewell visit to-day, Mr. Flower was announced, so my morning has run away in chat.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)|George Eliot