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From Old Northern French caudel, from Medieval Latin caldellum, diminutive of Latin caldum, caldus (warm).


caudle (plural caudles)

  1. A hot drink given to the sick, consisting of wine or ale, eggs, and bread.



caudle (third-person singular simple present caudles, present participle caudling, simple past and past participle caudled)

  1. (transitive) To make into caudle.
  2. (transitive) To serve as a caudle to; to refresh.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 caudle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)