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From Old English ġeohholmōnaþ, Iūlmōnaþ (“December”, literally “Yule-month”), equivalent to Yule + month. Compare German Julmond (“Yulemonth”).
- (rare) The typical month of the Yuletide; the month in which Yule typically occurs; Christmas month; December.
- 1899, Alexander Tille, Yule and Christmas:
- Notwithstanding his assertion that December 25 was originally called Yule, and that December and January from it received their names as the earlier and later Yulemonth, there is not a single case, prior to the eleventh century, in which December 25 was called Yule.
- 2010, Richard Argent, Winter's Knight:
- To go out during the dark hours before 'Yule-month' arrived was suicide. Even Norman lords and their houseswains would not venture out of the village on such nights as these.