Wassail

Definition of Wassail

Was´sail
n.1.
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 wæs 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.
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 Song.
4.A festive or drinking song or glee.
Have you done your wassail! 'T is a handsome, drowsy ditty, I'll assure you.
- Beau. & Fl.
a.1.Of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as, a wassail bowl.
Wassail bowl
a bowl in which wassail was mixed, and placed upon the table.
Wassail cup
a cup from which wassail was drunk.
- J. Fletcher.
v. i.1.To hold a wassail; to carouse.
Spending all the day, and good part of the night, in dancing, caroling, and wassailing.
- Sir P. Sidney.

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