Noel

Noel

[noh-el for 1, 2; noh-uhl, nohl for 3]
noun
1.
the Christmas season; yuletide.
2.
(lowercase) a Christmas song or carol.
3.
a male given name.

Origin:
1805–15; < FrenchLatin nātālis (diēs) birthday; see natal

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Noel or Noël (nəʊˈɛl)
 
n
1.  (esp in carols) another word for Christmas
2.  rare (often not capital) a Christmas carol
 
[C19: from French, from Latin nātālis a birthday; see natal1]
 
Noël or Noël
 
n
 
[C19: from French, from Latin nātālis a birthday; see natal1]

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Noel
late 14c., from M.E. nowel, from O.Fr. noel "the Christmas season," variant of nael, from L. natalis (dies) "birth (day)," in Eccles. L. in reference to the birthday of Christ, from natus, pp. of nasci "be born" (Old L. gnasci; see genus).
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NOEL
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