Definition of Yule in English:



  • archaic term for Christmas
    • ‘Most of Shetland's towns and villages hold their own Up Helly Aa in January - modern remnants of the ancient fire feast of Yule, which was supposed to burn the winter darkness out of the night sky and herald in the spring.’
    • ‘Three people who will, sadly, not be enjoying their Yule as much as they might like are the ne'er-do-wells recently charged will selling illegally-modified Xboxes.’
    • ‘For Yule, I am giving him a book on Celtic spirituality’
    • ‘It was just before the Yule holidays and it was great to have time to just sit back and talk with no topic on hand.’
    • ‘The Yule of 1826 to 1827 was one which I may never forget.’
    • ‘Mistletoe has made the Yule season special ever since the Druids used their silver knives to cut it from the oak trees of ancient Britain.’
    • ‘The Yule process can be seen as modeling origination of evolutionary lineages due to speciation.’
    • ‘She went to the Yule party alone, and those who didn't know that Dave had left kept asking her about him.’
    • ‘It's guaranteed to put some fuel in your Yule and swell in your Noel.’
    • ‘I remember my disbelief when the cell phone on the belt of the man next to me rang during a Yule invocation.’
    • ‘I read my children Christmas, Yule and Hanukkah tales - stories from every faith.’
    • ‘I intend to knit something for every member of my family as a Yule gift.’
    • ‘The solstices, Yule and Midsummer, are festivals of the God.’
    • ‘Truth be told I was done with the whole Yule thing by mid-December and I've just been faking the rest.’
    • ‘There is nonetheless still hope for a bountiful Yule in Utah.’
    • ‘I was hosting the Yule party for our Pagan community that year, and I wanted to fix that and make it look nice.’
    • ‘We entirely agree that starting your journey as early as possible will help avoid the Yule stampede.’
    • ‘I'm ready to start making my Yule card list for this year.’
    • ‘Happily, the birth process is often called the Yule process, anchoring its origins in our own areas of interest.’
    • ‘For Yule, folks bring a tree into their living room and decorate it with lights.’


Old English gēol(a) ‘Christmas Day’; compare with Old Norse jól, originally applied to a heathen festival lasting twelve days, later to Christmas.