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wassail

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noun was·sail \ˈwä-səl also wä-ˈsāl\

Simple Definition of wassail

  • : a hot alcoholic drink that is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime

Full Definition of wassail

  1. 1 :  an early English toast to someone's health

  2. 2 :  a hot drink that is made with wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apples and is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime

  3. 3 :  riotous drinking :  revelry

Examples of wassail

  1. <woke up with a terrible headache from a wild wassail the night before>



Origin of wassail

Middle English wæs hæil, washayl, from Old Norse ves heill be well, from ves (imperative singular of vera to be) + heill healthy — more at was, whole


First Known Use: 12th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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wassail

verb was·sail

Definition of wassail

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to indulge in wassail :  carouse

  3. 2 dial English :  to sing carols from house to house at Christmas

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to drink to the health or thriving of



Examples of wassail

  1. <the knights feasted and wassailed for three days after the battlefield victory>



14th Century

First Known Use of wassail

14th century

Rhymes with wassail



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