verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wassail
Examples from the Web for wassail
Historical Examples of wassail
Wassail is equivalent to the phrase, "Your health," of the present day.
Wassail and Drinkhail are both derived from the Anglo-Saxon.
The rafters of the great living-room shook with the roar of wassail and of song.Lost Face
The wassail bowl was a triumph, and the candle of Mr. Pickwick was put out.Peter and Jane
S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
It was past midnight when I withdrew from the scene of wassail.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
Word Origin for wassail
mid-12c., from Old Norse ves heill "be healthy," a salutation, from ves, imperative of vesa "to be" (see was) + heill "healthy" (see health). Use as a drinking phrase appears to have arisen among Danes in England and spread to native inhabitants. A similar formation appears in Old English wes þu hal, but this is not recorded as a drinking salutation. Sense extended c.1300 to "liquor in which healths were drunk," especially spiced ale used in Christmas Eve celebrations. Meaning "a carousal, reveling" first attested c.1600. Wassailing "custom of going caroling house to house at Christmas time" is recorded from 1742.