Alternative forms edit
From Middle English yol, from Old English ġeōl (“Christmas”), either cognate with or from Old Norse jól, from Proto-Germanic *jehwlą. Cognate with Gothic 𐌾𐌹𐌿𐌻𐌴𐌹𐍃 (jiuleis); see also Old English ġēola and Old Norse ýlir.
Proper noun edit
Yule (plural Yules)
- Christmastide, the Christmas season, the Twelve Days of Christmas (between December 25th and January 5th).
- A pagan wintertime holiday celebrated by Germanic peoples, particularly the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon peoples, or a modern reconstruction of this holiday celebrated by neo-pagans.
- A surname.
Derived terms edit
- (obsolete) A proclamation of joy at Christmas.
- 1687, John Aubrey, Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme, page 5:
- In the Countrey churches, at Christmas in the Holy-daies after Prayers, they will dance in the Church, and as they doe dance, they cry (or sing) Yole, Yole, Yole etc.
See also edit
- (Wiccan Sabbats) Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, Mabon (Category: en:Wicca)