Bride-ale
Bride-ale Bride"-ale`, n. [See {Bridal}.] A rustic wedding feast; a bridal. See {Ale}. [1913 Webster]

The man that 's bid to bride-ale, if he ha' cake, And drink enough, he need not fear his stake. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]


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  • bride-ale — brideˈ ale noun (archaic) The ale drinking at a marriage feast (see ↑bridal) • • • Main Entry: ↑bride …   Useful english dictionary

  • bride-ale — North Country (Newcastle) Words the marriage feast at a rustic wedding …   English dialects glossary

  • ale — [OE] Old English ealu ‘ale’ goes back to a Germanic root *aluth , which also produced Old Norse öl (Scandinavian languages still use alerelated words, whereas other Germanic languages now only use beer related words; English is the only one to… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • ale — [OE] Old English ealu ‘ale’ goes back to a Germanic root *aluth , which also produced Old Norse öl (Scandinavian languages still use alerelated words, whereas other Germanic languages now only use beer related words; English is the only one to… …   Word origins

  • bride — [OE] Bride goes back via Old English bryd to Germanic *brūthiz, and has a wide range of relations in other Germanic languages (including German braut, Dutch bruid, and Swedish brud). All mean ‘woman being married’, so the word has shown… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bride — [OE] Bride goes back via Old English bryd to Germanic *brūthiz, and has a wide range of relations in other Germanic languages (including German braut, Dutch bruid, and Swedish brud). All mean ‘woman being married’, so the word has shown… …   Word origins

  • bride-wain —  a custom in Cumberland, where all the friends of a new married couple assemble together, and are treated with cold pies, furmity, and ale ; at the conclusion of the day, the bride and bridegroom are placed in two chairs, in the open air, or in a …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • Parish ale — The Parish ale was a festival in an English parish at which ale made and donated for the event was the chief drink. The word ale was generally used as part of a compound term. Thus there was the leet ale (held on leet , the manorial court day);… …   Wikipedia

  • Parish Ale — The Parish ale was a festival in an English parish at which ale made and donated for the event was the chief drink. The word ale was generally used as part of a compound term. Thus there were leet ales (held on leet the manorial court day); lamb… …   Wikipedia

  • bridal — /ˈbraɪdl/ (say bruydl) adjective 1. of or relating to a bride or a wedding. –noun Archaic 2. (often plural) a wedding. 3. a wedding feast. {Middle English bridale, Old English brȳdealo bride ale, from brȳd bride + ealo ale, feast, associated… …   Australian English dictionary

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