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See also: bőrrel


Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Old French burel (a kind of coarse woollen cloth). Doublet of burel and bureau.

Alternative forms[edit]


borrel (countable and uncountable, plural borrels)

  1. (obsolete) Coarse woollen cloth; hence, coarse clothing; a garment.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Prologue.
      This is to seye, if I be gay, sire shrewe,
      I wol renne out, my borel for to shewe.
  2. A kind of light stuff, of silk and wool.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Old French burel (reddish) or French beurré (butter pear).


borrel (plural borrels)

  1. A sort of pear with a smooth soft pulp; the red butter pear.

Etymology 3[edit]

Probably from borrel.


borrel (comparative more borrel, superlative most borrel)

  1. (obsolete) ignorant, unlearned; belonging to the laity, a mean fellow.
    • Edmund Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender.
      Siker thou speak'st like a lewd sorrel,
      Of heaven, to deemen so:
      Howbe I am but rude and borrel,
      Yet nearer ways I know.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Franklin's Prologue.
      But sires, by cause I am a burel man,
      At my my bigynnyng first I yow biseche,
      Have me excused of my rude speche.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer , The Monk's Prologue.
      Religioun hath take up al the corn
      Of tredyng, and we borel men been shrympes.



Diminutive of Middle Dutch borre, borne (well, drinkwater). Compare bron (well).


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borrel m (plural borrels, diminutive borreltje n)

  1. a shot of an alcoholic drink such as rum or gin; a tot
  2. an informal, often impromptu reception or meetup, typically involving alcoholic drinks

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