\ ˈwēl How to pronounce weal (audio) \

Definition of weal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sound, healthy, or prosperous state : well-being
2 obsolete : body politic, commonweal

Definition of weal (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of weal

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weal

Noun (1)

Middle English wele, from Old English wela; akin to Old English wel well

Noun (2)

alteration of wale

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“Weal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weal. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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