arval

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • arvel, arvil, arvill, arvall, arvell

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English arvell, from Old Norse erfiöl (a funeral feast)[1], from arfr (inheritance) + öl (ale). Cognate with Danish arveøl (a wake, funeral feast). More at erf, ale.

NounEdit

arval (plural arvals)

  1. (UK dialectal) A funeral feast or wake, as was traditional in Scotland and the North of England.

Usage notesEdit

  • (funeral feast): This noun is frequently used attributively, as in Arval Supper, arval-bread, and so on.

AdjectiveEdit

arval (comparative more arval, superlative most arval)

  1. Connected with or relating to funeral celebrations.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ arveøl” in Ordbog over det danske Sprog: "eng. dial. (laant fra nord.) arvall, arvel", English dial. (borrowed from Old Norse) arvall, arvel

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