Definition of Lord of Misrule in English:

Lord of Misrule

phrase

historical
  • A person presiding over Christmas games and revelry in a wealthy household.

    • ‘The songs they sang were traditional and tied in with pre-Victorian mid-winter celebrations where the Lord of Misrule presided over jollities which were rather wild at heart.’
    • ‘Cromwell's Puritanism was offended by bacchanalian revelry, led by the Lord of Misrule.’
    • ‘Our pagan ancestors had a wild and boozy time presided over by the Lord of Misrule, who got up to rude and mischievous pranks.’
    • ‘One night just before Yuletide, the Lord of Misrule pursued the Wren Boys through London's cobbled streets.’
    • ‘The fun was presided over by the Lord of Misrule, full of lewd and naughty pranks - and usually strictly for the grown-ups.’