Word Origin & History

simnel
"sweet cake," c.1200, from O.Fr. simenel "fine wheat flour," by dissimilation from V.L. *siminellus, a dim. of L. simila "fine flour" (see semolina).
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simnel

noun
1. a crisp bread of fine white flour 
2. a fruitcake (sometimes covered with almond paste) eaten at mid-Lent or Easter or Christmas 
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Example sentences for simnel
Bury simnel cake is also a variant of the cake originating in bury.
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