Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *hunslą (offering, sacrifice), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwen- (holy). Cognate with Old Norse húsl (Eucharist), Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌽𐍃𐌻 (hunsl, offering, sacrifice), Proto-Slavic *svętъ (holy, sacred).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hūsl n

  1. (Christianity) the Eucharist
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "Pastoral Letter for Wulfsige"
      Þæt hūsl is Cristes līchama, nā līchamlīċe ac gāstlīċe.
      The Eucharist is the body of Christ, not physically but spiritually.
  2. (religion, originally) offering, sacrifice

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

  • hūslian (to administer the sacrament)

DescendantsEdit

  • Middle English: housel

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