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Monday, December 25, 2000

Definitions for wassail

  1. An expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to someone.
  2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse.
  3. The liquor used for a wassail; especially, a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.

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Citations for wassail
Christmas often means plum pudding, fruitcake, roast goose and wassail. Florence Fabricant, New York Times
But have you ever tried to spear a buffalo after a hard night at theold wassail bowl? Gore Vidal, The Smithsonian Institution
Origin of wassail
Wassail is from the Middle English expression of festive benevolence, wæs hæil!, be well!, from Old Norse ves heill, be (ves) well (heill).