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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Definitions for wassail

  1. An expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to someone.
  2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse.
  3. The liquor used for a wassail; especially, 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.

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Citations for wassail
Christmas often means plum pudding, fruitcake, roast goose and wassail. Florence Fabricant, New York Times
But have you ever tried to spear a buffalo after a hard night at theold wassail bowl? Gore Vidal, The Smithsonian Institution
Origin of wassail
1175-1225
Wassail is from the Middle English expression of festive benevolence, wæs hæil!, be well!, from Old Norse ves heill, be (ves) well (heill).
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