yule

[yool]
noun
Christmas, or the Christmas season.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English yole, Old English geōl(a) Christmastide; cognate with Old Norse jōl; akin to Gothic jiuleis

you'll, yule.
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yule (juːl)
 
n
literary, archaic, dialect or (sometimes capital)
 a.  Christmas, the Christmas season, or Christmas festivities
 b.  (in combination): yuletide
 
[Old English geōla, originally a name of a pagan feast lasting 12 days; related to Old Norse jōl, Swedish jul, Gothic jiuleis]

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yule
O.E. geol, geola "Christmas Day, Christmastide," from O.N. jol (pl.), a heathen feast, later taken over by Christianity, of unknown origin. The O.E. (Anglian) cognate giuli was the Anglo-Saxons' name for a two-month midwinter season corresponding to Roman December and January, a time of important feasts
but not itself a festival. After conversion to Christianity it narrowed to mean "the 12-day feast of the Nativity" (which began Dec. 25), but was replaced by Christmas by 11c., except in the northeast (areas of Danish settlement), where it remained the usual word. Revived 19c. by writers to mean "the Christmas of 'Merrie England.' " First direct reference to the Yule log is 17c. O.N. jol seems to have been borrowed in O.Fr. as jolif, hence Mod.Fr. joli "pretty, nice," originally "festive" (see jolly).
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Yule took her son to the audition after applying burnt cork to his scalp.
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