Lit. 'bride ale'. Ale-drinking at a wedding.

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  • bridale — brid·ale …   English syllables

  • bridale — ˈbrīˌdāl noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English more at bridal : a usually rustic wedding feast : bridal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bridal — Brid al, n. [OE. bridale, brudale, AS. br[=y]dealo brideale, bridal feast. See {Bride}, and {Ale}, 2.] A nuptial festival or ceremony; a marriage. [1913 Webster] Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, The bridal of the earth and sky. Herbert.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bridal — I. noun Etymology: Middle English bridale, from Old English brȳdealu, from brȳd + ealu ale more at ale Date: before 12th century a marriage festival or ceremony II. adjective Date: 13th century 1. of or relating to a bride or a wedding ; …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bridal — bridally, adv. /bruyd l/, adj. 1. of, for, or pertaining to a bride or a wedding: a bridal gown. n. 2. a wedding. 3. Archaic. a wedding feast. [bef. 1100; ME bridale wedding feast, OE brydealu, equiv. to bryd BRIDE1 + ealu ALE, i.e., ale… …   Universalium

  • Scot-ale — Combination of Scot = contribution + ale = festival or holiday at which ale was drunk. It was paid for by drinkers contributions or share of the cost, usually exacted at the church by the vicar, sometimes by the lord of the *manor. Cf. Scot and… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • bridal — brid•al [[t]ˈbraɪd l[/t]] adj. 1) of or for a bride or a wedding: a bridal gown[/ex] 2) a wedding • Etymology: bef. 1100; ME bridale wedding feast, OE brȳdealu …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

  • bridal — [brīd′ l] n. [ME bridale < OE bryd ealu, bride ale, marriage feast < bryd,BRIDE1 + ealu,ALE] Archaic a wedding adj. 1. of a bride 2. of a wedding …   English World dictionary

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