Origin of yule
Examples from the Web for yule
A bundle of straw, tied with a rope, is brought into the courtyard and left to stand there near the Yule logs.Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.|Sir James George Frazer
When told of the visit, Yule assumed a manner of indifference, but his daughter understood that he was annoyed.New Grub Street|George Gissing
I'm sorry we can't have the Yule log and the wassail-bowl and the dear little Christmas waits.In League with Israel|Annie F. Johnston
Mrs. Yule and the doctor raised her and placed her tenderly on the couch.The Outrage|Annie Vivanti
The children of these days placed it by the Yule fire, that Santa Claus might load it with gifts.Old Plymouth Trails|Winthrop Packard
- Christmas, the Christmas season, or Christmas festivities
- (in combination)yuletide
Word Origin for yule
Old English geol, geola "Christmas Day, Christmastide," from Old Norse jol (plural), a heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity, of unknown origin.
The Old English (Anglian) cognate giuli was the Anglo-Saxons' name for a two-month midwinter season corresponding to Roman December and January, a time of important feasts but not itself a festival. After conversion to Christianity it narrowed to mean "the 12-day feast of the Nativity" (which began Dec. 25), but was replaced by Christmas by 11c., except in the northeast (areas of Danish settlement), where it remained the usual word.
Revived 19c. by writers to mean "the Christmas of 'Merrie England.' " First direct reference to the Yule log is 17c. Old Norse jol seems to have been borrowed in Old French as jolif, hence Modern French joli "pretty, nice," originally "festive" (see jolly).