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Meaning of WASSAIL

Pronunciation:  'wâsul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and roasted apples; especially at Christmas
  2. [v]  propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"
  3. [v]  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!"

WASSAIL is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: drink, jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, pledge, racket, revel, salute, toast, whoop it up
 See Also: booze, carouse, celebrate, fete, fuddle, give, honor, honour, punch, reward, riot, roister



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Was"sail\, n. [AS. wes h[=a]l (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
    1. An ancient expression of good wishes on a festive
       occasion, especially in drinking to some one.
             Geoffrey of Monmouth relates, on the authority of
             Walter Calenius, that this lady [Rowena], the
             daughter of Hengist, knelt down on the approach of
             the king, and, presenting him with a cup of wine,
             exclaimed, Lord king w[ae]s heil, that is,
             literally, Health be to you.          --N. Drake.
    2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in
       drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse. ``In merry wassail
       he . . . peals his loud song.'' --Sir W. Scott.
             The king doth wake to-night and takes his rouse,
             Keeps wassail.                        --Shak.
             The victors abandoned themselves to feasting and
             wassail.                              --Prescott.
    3. 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 jolly wassail bowl, A wassail of good ale. --Old
    4. A festive or drinking song or glee. [Obs.]
             Have you done your wassail! 'T is a handsome, drowsy
             ditty, I'll assure you.               --Beau. & Fl.
  2. \Was"sail\, a.
    Of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as,
    a wassail bowl. ``Awassail candle, my lord, all tallow.''
    {Wassail bowl}, a bowl in which wassail was mixed, and placed
       upon the table. ``Spiced wassail bowl.'' --J. Fletcher.
       ``When the cloth was removed, the butler brought in a huge
       silver vessel . . . Its appearance was hailed with
       acclamation, being the wassail bowl so renowned in
       Christmas festivity.'' --W. Irving.
    {Wassail cup}, a cup from which wassail was drunk.
  3. \Was"sail\, v. i.
    To hold a wassail; to carouse.
          Spending all the day, and good part of the night, in
          dancing, caroling, and wassailing.       --Sir P.