wassailer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wassailer someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture
    • n wassailer someone who enjoys riotous drinking
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wassailer One who drinks wassail; one who engages in festivity, especially in drinking; a reveler. "The rudeness and swilled insolence
      Of such late wassailers ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wassailer One who takes part in a wassail or drinking-bout.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wassailer one who wassails or drinks wassail: a reveller
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wes hál, 'may you be in health,' the salutation used in pledging another, which the Normans transferred to mean 'a carousal.'

Usage

In literature:

Wine and wassail unloosed men's tongues.
"Edwy the Fair or the First Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
Only the presence at table of their leaders kept the wassail down.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
This is the wassail drink.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
You may know of the scene of riot and wassail, when there was set before Esopus one dish of food that cost $400,000.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
Colonel Ferguson came to help us out at dinner, and then we had our wine and wassail.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
With wine and wassail they nerved themselves for the desperate deed.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
We wassailed deep into that night and out the other side, and we liked our Otto more than ever.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 9, 1917" by Various
All was silent save for the intermittent clamor of the wassailers in the room beneath.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
But since there was no bar, the great room whose door opened directly upon the porch had been commandeered as a wassailing hall.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
The wassailing of the animals is found there also.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
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In poetry:

Why fell there silence on the chord
Beneath the harper's hand?
And suddenly, from that rich board,
Why rose the wassail-band?
"The Kaiser's Feast" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
"Wassail for the kingly stranger
Born and cradled in a manger!
King, like David, priest, like Aaron,
Christ is born to set us free!"
"The Norman Baron" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
One year from that day old Stibor held
His drunken wassail long,
And spent the hours till the cock crew morn
In jest and wine and song.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Wassail the trees, that they may bear
You many a plum, and many a pear:
For more or less fruits they will bring,
As you do give them wassailing.
"Another" by Robert Herrick
The bard who woke with heart and song
High strains of wassail, love, and gladness,
And heard with awe the chords among,
A wail of more than mortal sadness.
"The Warning Wail" by Janet Hamilton
The mad world clustered, it seemed, around.
"Farewell!" she sighed, sinking; then from afar
Flowed the pealing laughter and wassail's sound
(For the dead the world will not stay!).
"A Youth's Suicide" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

Black and Blue / Wednesday Wanderlust with J W (Johan Wassailer).
Wake up bloated and disconsolate from yesterday's New Year's Day brunch -brunch is always a bad idea, especially when the host gets "creative" and tries to serve wassail.
Edward McGuire makes a purchase from Brewed Coffee Pub general manager Miranda Holland as employee Courtney Collings makes change during the first Southside Pie and Wassail Fair at Broadway Baptist Church Sunday.
Mt San Antonio College will hold its holiday Wassail Dinner and Concert Dec 6 through 8.
M y mother-in-law introduced me to wassail – a blend of citrus and apple juices infused with homey spices like cinnamon and clove.
Yankee Magazine Managing Editor Eileen Terrill shares a warm and spicy Christmas Wassail Bowl recipe from Ireland.
Holiday Traditions ' Wassail , Wassail , All Over the Town '.
Black and Blue / Wednesday Wanderlust with J W (Johan Wassailer ).
I can hardly wait for the celebrations, the holly, the ivy, (the mistletoe), the wassail, the carols, and the candlelight.
The Southside Pie and Wassail Festival aimed to bring together the community, local farmers and businesses for an old-fashioned gathering, while drawing visitors to a less-developed part of Fort Worth’s flourishing south side.
Fig and Walnut Bread, with cream cheese and pears, Caramel Corn and Cider Wassail Punch are Christmas treats for those who love songs of the holiday.
Pentangle's hosts events for Wassail Weekend.
The Orange Community Players present "Yuletide 2," a musical evening of Christmas and Broadway, Winter Wit and Wassail, at 7:37 pm, Friday, Dec 14 and Saturday, Dec 15.
The House of the Seven Gables has added a bit of sugar and spice, and a dash of "wanton wassailing," to the tours of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion during December.
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