Housel was, until the
Reformation, the name of the Eucharistin the English language. The meaning of the word is "sacrifice," and "hunsl" appears in the UlfilasGothic version of Matthew : "I will have mercy and not sacrifice."
etymologyis uncertain. The New English Dictionaryconnects it with a Teutonicstem meaning "holy," from which is derived the Lithuanian "szweñtas", and Latvian "swéts". Skeatpoints a connection with a root meaning "to kill," which may connect it with Greek "kaínein".
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Housel — Hou sel, n. [OE. housel, husel, AS. h[=u]sel; akin to Icel. h[=u]sl, Goth. hunsl a sacrifice.] The eucharist. [Archaic] Rom. of R. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Housel — Hou sel, v. t. [AS. h[=u]slian.] To administer the eucharist to. [Archaic] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
housel — [hou′zəl] n. [ME < OE husel, akin to Goth hunsl, a sacrifice < Gmc * k̑un s lo < IE base * k̑wen , to sanctify] Obs. EUCHARIST vt. Obs. to give the Eucharist to … English World dictionary
housel — 1. noun /ˈhaʊzəl/ the Eucharist She said that he had a fair sweet death through God His goodness with mass priest to be shriven, holy housel and sick men’s oil to his limbs. 2. verb /ˈhaʊzəl/ to administer the Eucharist … Wiktionary
Housel — An old English word for the Holy Eucharist. Thus an old English canon of A.D. 960 orders every Priest to give housel (i.e. Holy Communion) to the sick when they need it. The word also appears in Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, in Piers Plowman,… … American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia
housel — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hūsel sacrifice, Eucharist; akin to Gothic hunsl sacrifice Date: before 12th century archaic the Eucharist or the act of administering or receiving it II. transitive verb Date: before 12th… … New Collegiate Dictionary
housel — /how zeuhl/, n., v., houseled, houseling or (esp. Brit.) houselled, houselling. Archaic. n. 1. the Eucharist. 2. the act of administering or receiving the Eucharist. v.t. 3. to administer the Eucharist to. [bef. 900; (n.) ME; OE husl the… … Universalium
Housel — Holy communion; the administration of the consecrated host at the *eucharist … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
housel — the eucharist; the act of taking the eucharist Ecclesiastical Terms … Phrontistery dictionary
housel — v. a. == to administer the Sacrament to a person. RG. 392. AS. husl … Oldest English Words