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From Middle English wastel, from Old French wastel, gastel (> French gâteau), from Late Latin wastellum, from Frankish *wastil, perhaps from Proto-Germanic *wistiz (sustenance, food), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (to be). Cognate with Middle High German wastel (a kind of bread). Compare Old High German wist (food) and Old English wist (food). Doublet of gateau.


wastel (countable and uncountable, plural wastels)

  1. (obsolete) A kind of fine white bread or cake.
    • Chaucer
      roasted flesh or milk and wastel bread
    • Sir Walter Scott
      the simnel bread and wastel cakes, which were only used at the tables of the highest nobility

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wastel in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)