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wassail

noun was·sail \ ˈwä-səl also wä-ˈsāl \

Definition of wassail

1 : an early English toast to someone's health
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 : riotous drinking : revelry

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Examples of wassail in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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wassail

verb

Definition of wassail

1 : to indulge in wassail : carouse
2 dialectal, England : to sing carols from house to house at Christmas
: to drink to the health or thriving of

Examples of wassail in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of wassail

14th century

wassail Synonyms

Synonyms

binge, carouse;

Related Words

drink, guzzle;


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Definition of wassail for English Language Learners

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



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