Simnel bread

Bread made with finest flour. There were two kinds of simnel, a superior or royal simnel and a salt simnel. Such breads were also quite large. A superior simnel would feed four men; a salt only two men. A loaf was intended for one man, as part of his *livery. The Latin form is simenellus. [< OldFr. simenel < Lat. simila = a fine flour] -
Cf. Wastel

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  • simnel bread — noun see simnel 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • simnel — [sim′nəl] n. 〚ME simenel < OFr < L simila, finest wheat flour: see SEMOLINA〛 in England, a) a kind of bread or roll formerly prepared by boiling, or boiling and baking b) a rich fruitcake traditionally eaten in mid Lent or at Easter or Christmas… …   Universalium

  • Simnel — Sim nel, n. [OF. simenel cake or bread of wheat flour, LL. simenellus wheat bread, fr. L. simila the finest wheat flour. Cf. {Semolina}.] 1. A kind of cake made of fine flour; a cracknel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Not common bread, but vastel bread,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • simnel — [sim′nəl] n. [ME simenel < OFr < L simila, finest wheat flour: see SEMOLINA] in England, a) a kind of bread or roll formerly prepared by boiling, or boiling and baking b) a rich fruitcake traditionally eaten in mid Lent or at Easter or… …   English World dictionary

  • simnel — [13] Simnel, a term now used for a cake made at Easter, originally denoted ‘bread made from fine flour’. It was borrowed from Old French simenel, which itself came from either Latin simila (source of English semolina) or Greek semídālis, both… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • simnel — [13] Simnel, a term now used for a cake made at Easter, originally denoted ‘bread made from fine flour’. It was borrowed from Old French simenel, which itself came from either Latin simila (source of English semolina) or Greek semídālis, both… …   Word origins

  • simnel — noun 1. a crisp bread of fine white flour • Hypernyms: ↑bread, ↑breadstuff, ↑staff of life 2. a fruitcake (sometimes covered with almond paste) eaten at mid Lent or Easter or Christmas • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • simnel — noun Etymology: Middle English simenel, from Anglo French, ultimately from Latin simila wheat flour Date: 13th century 1. a bun or bread of fine wheat flour 2. British a rich fruitcake sometimes coated with almond paste and baked for mid Lent,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • simnel — n. crisp bread made of fine wheat flour; (British) rich fruitcake covered with marzipan eaten on holidays (Easter and Christmas) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wastel bread — Wastel Was tel, n. [OF. wastel, gastel, F. g[^a]teau, LL. wastellus, fr. MHG. wastel a kind of bread; cf. OHG. & AS. wist food.] A kind of white and fine bread or cake; called also {wastel bread}, and {wastel cake}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Roasted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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