wastel

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

wastel (countable and uncountable, plural wastels)

  1. (obsolete) A kind of fine white bread or cake.
    • Chaucer
      Of smale houndes hadde she, that she fedde / With roasted flesh, and milk, and wastel brede.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      the simnel bread and wastel cakes, which were only used at the tables of the highest nobility

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