An example of noel is Joyeux Noel on a Christmas card, meaning Merry Christmas in French.
An example of a noel is the song Oh, Christmas Tree.
Other Word Forms
Origin of noel
- Middle English noel from Old French variant of nael from Latin nātālis (diēs) (day) of birth from nātus past participle of nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition