From Old Northern French caudel, from Medieval Latin caldellum, diminutive of Latin caldum, caldus (warm).



caudle (plural caudles)

  1. A hot drink given to the sick, consisting of wine or ale, eggs, and bread.
    • 1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Chapter 4:
      A venerable lady, known as Great-Aunt Grantley, who had money to bequeath to the Heir, and whom Adrian called The Eighteenth Century, occupied with Hippias the back ground of the house, and shared her caudles with him.



caudle (third-person singular simple present caudles, present participle caudling, simple past and past participle caudled)

  1. (transitive) To make into caudle.
  2. (transitive) To serve as a caudle to; to refresh.
    • c. 1605–1606, Shakespeare, William, Timon of Athens, act 4, scene 3, lines 226–228:
      Will the cold brook, / Candied with ice, caudle thy morning taste, / To cure thy o'ernight's surfeit?