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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 was·sail /ˈwɑsəl ||wɑˈse(ə)l/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Was·sail n.
 1. An ancient expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one.
    Geoffrey of Monmouth relates, on the authority of Walter Calenius, that this lady [Rowena], the daughter of Hengist, knelt down on the approach of the king, and, presenting him with a cup of wine, exclaimed, Lord king waes heil, that is, literally, Health be to you.   --N. Drake.
 2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse.  “In merry wassail he . . . peals his loud song.”
 The king doth wake to-night and takes his rouse,
 Keeps wassail.   --Shak.
    The victors abandoned themselves to feasting and wassail.   --Prescott.
 3. The liquor used for a wassail; esp., a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.; -- called also lamb's wool.
 A jolly wassail bowl,
 A wassail of good ale.   --Old Song.
 4. A festive or drinking song or glee.  [Obs.]
    Have you done your wassail! 'T is a handsome, drowsy ditty, I'll assure you.   --Beau. & Fl.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Was·sail, a. Of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as, a wassail bowl.  “Awassail candle, my lord, all tallow.”
 Wassail bowl, a bowl in which wassail was mixed, and placed upon the table.  “Spiced wassail bowl.” --J. Fletcher. “When the cloth was removed, the butler brought in a huge silver vessel . . . Its appearance was hailed with acclamation, being the wassail bowl so renowned in Christmas festivity.” --W. Irving.
 Wassail cup, a cup from which wassail was drunk.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Was·sail, v. i. To hold a wassail; to carouse.
    Spending all the day, and good part of the night, in dancing, caroling, and wassailing.   --Sir P. Sidney.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and
          roasted apples; especially at Christmas
      v 1: celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in
           uproarious festivities; "The members of the wedding
           party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the
           boss is gone!" [syn: revel, racket, make whoopie,
           make merry, make happy, whoop it up, jollify]
      2: propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!";
         "Let's drink to the New Year" [syn: toast, drink, pledge,