wassail

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wassail \Was"sail\, noun [AS. wes h[=a]l (or an equivalent form in another dialect) be in health, which was the form of drinking a health. The form wes is imperative. See {Was}, and {Whole}.]

1. An ancient expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one.

Geoffrey of Monmouth relates, on the authority of Walter Calenius, that this lady [Rowena], the daughter of Hengist, knelt down on the approach of the king, and, presenting him with a cup of wine, exclaimed, Lord king waes heil, that is, literally, Health be to you. --N. Drake.

2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse. "In merry wassail he . . . peals his loud song." --Sir W. Scott.

The king doth wake to-night and takes his rouse, Keeps wassail. --Shak.

The victors abandoned themselves to feasting and wassail. --Prescott.

3. The liquor used for a wassail; esp., a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.; -- called also {lamb's wool}.

A jolly wassail bowl, A wassail of good ale. --Old Song.

4. A festive or drinking song or glee. [Obs.]

Have you done your wassail! 'T is a handsome, drowsy ditty, I'll assure you. --Beau. & Fl.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wassail \Was"sail\, adjective Of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as, a wassail bowl. "Awassail candle, my lord, all tallow." --Shak.

{Wassail bowl}, a bowl in which wassail was mixed, and placed upon the table. "Spiced wassail bowl." --J. Fletcher. "When the cloth was removed, the butler brought in a huge silver vessel . . . Its appearance was hailed with acclamation, being the wassail bowl so renowned in Christmas festivity." --W. Irving.

{Wassail cup}, a cup from which wassail was drunk.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wassail \Was"sail\, verb (used without an object) To hold a wassail; to carouse.

Spending all the day, and good part of the night, in dancing, caroling, and wassailing. --Sir P. Sidney.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

wassail

noun

1: a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and roasted apples; especially at Christmas

verb

1: celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities; "The members of the wedding party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!" [syn: {revel}, {racket}, {make whoopie}, {make merry}, {make happy}, {whoop it up}, {jollify}, {wassail}]

2: propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year" [syn: {toast}, {drink}, {pledge}, {salute}, {wassail}]


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