What does the word wassail mean?

Usage examples for wassail

  1. It was correctly supposed that the burghers, filled with wine and wassail, to which perhaps the persecution under which they lived lent an additional and horrible stimulus, might be easily taken from their beds in great numbers, and be delivered over at once to the council. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  2. There is something barbaric, I suppose, in the British customs still- something that reminds one of their ancient condition when the Romans conquered them- when their supreme idea of enjoyment was to have an ox roasted whole before them while they drank " wassail" till they groveled under their own tables in a worse condition than overfed swine. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli