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yule log

noun
  1. a large log of wood that traditionally formed the backlog of the fire at Christmas.
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Origin of yule log

First recorded in 1715–25
Also called yule block, yule clog.
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Examples from the Web for yule log

Historical Examples

  • The yule-log was blazing on the hearth, and their cups were bright and plenished.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)

    John Roby

  • The Christmas-block or Yule-log, above referred to, is of very ancient date.

    Christmastide

    William Sandys

  • A Yule-log was sawn and placed upon the dining-room fire, and a huge bough of mistletoe hung up in the hall.

  • How Harry will burn the Yule-log if he can realise this day-dream of himself and his six friends with the seven sisters!

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • One fire-place would have contained a Yule-log from any tree in the primeval forest.


British Dictionary definitions for yule log

yule log

noun
  1. a large log of wood traditionally used as the foundation of a fire in the hearth at Christmas
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