- a large log of wood that traditionally formed the backlog of the fire at Christmas.
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
The yule-log was blazing on the hearth, and their cups were bright and plenished.
The Christmas-block or Yule-log, above referred to, is of very ancient date.Christmastide
A Yule-log was sawn and placed upon the dining-room fire, and a huge bough of mistletoe hung up in the hall.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
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.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast
Samuel Adams Drake
- a large log of wood traditionally used as the foundation of a fire in the hearth at Christmas