We regaled him with wassail and gramophone and explained the situation to him.
The rafters of the great living-room shook with the roar of wassail and of song.
At Aberford, near Leeds, two dolls were carried about in boxes in a similar manner, and they were called "wesley (wassail) boxes."
The wassail bowl was a triumph, and the candle of Mr. Pickwick was put out.
The wassail bowl is placed on a small round table, and each person present is furnished with a silver spoon to stir.
Where is the silver plate—the wassail bowls and our silver-gilt chargers?
It was the evening of Christmas-day, and the tide of wassail, the blaze of yule, were high at Ridgeley.
To whom it was answered by Hengist, that wassail, what it signifieth.
But the last day of 1848 saw no wassail bowl in Szolnok, no hospitable meetings to hail the new-born year.
Now, as then, the company was defeating tedium with wassail.
mid-12c., from Old Norse ves heill "be healthy," a salutation, from ves, imperative of vesa "to be" (see was) + heill "healthy" (see health). Use as a drinking phrase appears to have arisen among Danes in England and spread to native inhabitants. A similar formation appears in Old English wes þu hal, but this is not recorded as a drinking salutation. Sense extended c.1300 to "liquor in which healths were drunk," especially spiced ale used in Christmas Eve celebrations. Meaning "a carousal, reveling" first attested c.1600. Wassailing "custom of going caroling house to house at Christmas time" is recorded from 1742.