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Meaning of wassail

was•sail

Pronunciation: (wos'ul, -āl, was'-, wo-sāl'), [key]
— n.
  1. a salutation wishing health to a person, used in England in early times when presenting a cup of drink or when drinking to the person.
  2. a festivity or revel with drinking of healths.
  3. liquor for drinking and wishing health to others on festive occasions, esp. spiced ale, as on Christmas Eve and Twelfth-night.
  4. a song sung in wassailing.
—v.i.
  1. to revel with drinking.
—v.t.
  1. to drink to the health or success of; toast.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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