Definitions for wassailˈwɒs əl, -eɪl, ˈwæs-, wɒˈseɪl
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was•sailˈwɒs əl, -eɪl, ˈwæs-, wɒˈseɪl(n.)
(in early England) a salutation offered when presenting a cup of drink to a person or when drinking that person's health.
a festivity or revel with drinking of healths.
liquor, as hot spiced ale or wine, used in drinking another's health, esp. at Christmastime.
(v.i.)to revel with drinking.
(v.t.)to toast (a person).
Origin of wassail:
1175–1225; ME was-hail=was be (OE wæs, var. of wes, impv. of wesan to be; akin to was ) +hailhale1, in good health (< ON heill hale)
a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and roasted apples; especially at Christmas
revel, racket, make whoopie, make merry, make happy, whoop it up, jollify, wassail(verb)
celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
"The members of the wedding party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!"
toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassail(verb)
propose a toast to
"Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"
A toast to health, usually at a festival.
The beverage served during a wassail.
To toast, to drink to the health of another.
To drink wassail.
an ancient expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one
an occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse
the liquor used for a wassail; esp., 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.; -- called also lamb's wool
a festive or drinking song or glee
of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as, a wassail bowl
to hold a wassail; to carouse