noun, often capitalized
\ ˈyül How to pronounce yule (audio) \

Definition of yule

: the feast of the nativity of Jesus Christ : christmas

Examples of yule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The January full moon is also known as ice moon, snow moon and moon after yule. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wolf moon on Friday night is first of 13 full moons this year which include two supermoons and a rare Halloween blue moon," 9 Jan. 2020 For at least the first few minutes, the yule fire footage also introduces fans to a furry new member of the Fraser family: a small gray kitten named Adso. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Cozy Up to an Outlander-Themed Yule Log This Holiday Season," 10 Dec. 2019 The debate over a real or fake Christmas tree takes on added urgency this year amid news of a possible yule tree shortage in the Northwest (gasp). oregonlive, "Flocked Christmas trees: Pretty or ugly? (poll)," 26 Nov. 2019 Though its origins are, fittingly, as fuzzy as the velvet that makes up the prettiest gift-bearing socks, the tale is certainly worth adding to every yule-time repertoire. Vogue, "Day 8: Stuff Your Stockings With Care," 12 Nov. 2018 That invitation included the offer to decorate the synagogue for the Christmas season with a yule tree. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Two faiths come together for the holidays," 24 Dec. 2017 Sure, your guests might be scratching their heads over the three layer pie/cake in front of them but all question marks will vanish with one bite of the toffee pecan pie, eggnog cheesecake and chocolate caramel yule log layer dessert. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "Pie-Log-En is the Dessert World's Latest Greatest Mash-Up," 10 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of yule

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yule

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

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“Yule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yule. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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noun, often capitalized
\ ˈyül How to pronounce yule (audio) \

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