cau·​dle ˈkȯ-dᵊl How to pronounce caudle (audio)
: a drink (as for invalids) usually of warm ale or wine mixed with bread or gruel, eggs, sugar, and spices

Word History


Middle English caudel, from Anglo-French *caudel, chaudel from calt, chaut warm, from Latin calidus — more at cauldron

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caudle was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Caudle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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