often capitalized
: the feast of the nativity of Jesus Christ : christmas

Examples of yule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The yule log would begin burning on Christmas Day and extend until January 5, also known as Twelfth Night. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 Oct. 2023 Toy stores once ruled the yule, alongside the hobby and game stores that share the same retail sector. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 Sufjan Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty, is launching an official yule log that will be soundtracked by the musician’s many holiday songs. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 30 Nov. 2023 Rituals like burning a yule log and hanging a sprig of mistletoe were traditions practiced since Anglo-Saxon and Celtic prehistory. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 The yule log video—directed, filmed, and edited by Brian Paccione—premieres tomorrow (Friday, December 1), at 11 a.m. Eastern. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 30 Nov. 2023 During the 12 days of Christmas, the yule log would continue to burn as families moved the tree further into the fire. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 Oct. 2023 Some of my favorite desserts follow the seasons: deep apple pies in the fall, decadent chocolate yule logs over the winter holidays and sticky toffee pudding to get you through the grim gray of February. Helen Czerski, wsj.com, 4 May 2023 Not to mention, having to decide whether or not to opt for a tree can really put a damper on the yule tidings. Jess Safavimehr, House Beautiful, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English yol, from Old English geōl; akin to Old Norse jōl, a pagan midwinter festival

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yule was before the 12th century

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“Yule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yule. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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often capitalized

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