Origin of yule
- Middle English yole from Old English geōl
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the Middle English yole, from Old English Ä¡eÅl, Ä¡eola (“Christmastide, midwinter"), either cognate with or from Old Norse jÃ³l, from Proto-Germanic *jehwlÄ….
- In pre-Christian times, the term designated the two-month midwinter season (December and January). After Christianization, it became a narrower reference to the twelve days of Christmas.
- See also Old English giuli and Old Norse Ã½lir.
- See Yule.