What does wassail mean?

Definitions for wassailˈwɒs əl, -eɪl, ˈwæs-, wɒˈseɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wassail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wassail(verb)

    a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and roasted apples; especially at Christmas

  2. 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!"

  3. toast, drink, pledge, salute, wassail(verb)

    propose a toast to

    "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"


  1. wassail(Noun)

    A toast to health, usually at a festival.

  2. wassail(Noun)

    The beverage served during a wassail.

  3. wassail(Noun)


  4. wassail(Verb)

    To toast, to drink to the health of another.

  5. wassail(Verb)

    To drink wassail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wassail(noun)

    an ancient expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one

  2. Wassail(noun)

    an occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse

  3. Wassail(noun)

    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

  4. Wassail(noun)

    a festive or drinking song or glee

  5. Wassail(adj)

    of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as, a wassail bowl

  6. Wassail(verb)

    to hold a wassail; to carouse

  7. Origin: [AS. wes hl (or an equivalent form in another dialect) be in health, which was the form of drinking a health. The form wes is imperative. See Was, and Whole.]


  1. Wassail

    Wassail refers both to the salute 'Waes Hail' and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, an ancient southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wassail

    wos′āl, n. the salutation uttered in drinking a person's health, a festive occasion: a drunken bout: a liquor consisting of ale with roasted apples, sugar, nutmeg, and toast, once much used on festive occasions.—v.i. to hold a wassail or merry drinking-meeting: to drink to the health of.—ns. Wass′ail-bout, a carouse; Wass′ail-bowl, -cup, a cup from which healths were drunk; Wass′ailer, one who wassails or drinks wassail: a reveller. [A.S. wes hál, 'may you be in health,' the salutation used in pledging another, which the Normans transferred to mean 'a carousal.']


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wassail in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wassail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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