Wassail meaning

wŏsəl, wŏ-sāl
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A festivity characterized by much drinking.
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To drink to the health of; toast.
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To engage in or drink a wassail.
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To engage in or drink a wassail.
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A salutation formerly given in drinking the health of a person, as at a festivity.
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The spiced ale or other liquor with which such healths were drunk.
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To drink wassails.
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(brit.) To go caroling from house to house at Christmastime.
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To drink to the health or prosperity of.
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To drink to the health of; toast.
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A festivity characterized by much drinking.
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A celebration with much drinking, esp. at Christmastime; carousal.
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A toast to health, usually at a festival.
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The beverage served during a wassail, especially one made of ale or wine flavoured with spices, sugar, roasted apples, etc.
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A festive or drinking song or glee.
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To toast, to drink to the health of another.

The next morning he much regretted the gusto with which he had wassailed the night before.

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(intransitive) To drink wassail.
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To go from house to house at Christmastime, singing carols.
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Origin of wassail

  • Middle English contraction of wæshæil be healthy from Old Norse ves heill ves imperative sing. of vera to be wes-1 in Indo-European roots heill healthy kailo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English contraction of wæshæil be healthy from Old Norse ves heill ves imperative sing. of vera to be wes-1 in Indo-European roots heill healthy kailo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse ves heill (“be healthy!"), from the imperative of vesa (“to be") + heill (“healthy"). The earliest documented use of the term is from 1275.

    From Wiktionary