Yule

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Etymology[edit]

From the Middle English yole, from Old English ġeōl, ġeola (Christmastide, midwinter), either cognate with[1][2][3] or from[4][5] Old Norse jól, from Proto-Germanic *jehwlą.

See also Old English giuli and Old Norse ýlir.

In pre-Christian times, the term designated the two-month midwinter season (December and January). After Christianization, it became a narrower reference to the twelve days of Christmas.

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Yule (plural Yules)

  1. Christmastide, the Christmas season, the Twelve Days of Christmas (between December 24th and January 6th).
  2. 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster: Origin of Yule
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionaries: Origin of Yule
  3. ^ Reference.com: Origin of Yule
  4. ^ According to ODS eng. yule laant fra nordisk, the English Yule was borrowed from Old Norse
  5. ^ Etymology of Yule Yule in Online Etymology Dictionary

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Noun[edit]

Yule

  1. Christmas