drink hail


Definition of drink hail 


: an early English bidding to drink to good health or good luck made in reply to a pledge of wassail

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History and Etymology for drink hail

Middle English drinkhayl, from drink (imperative singular of drinken to drink) + hayl healthy, being in good health, from Old Norse heill healthy

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