noel


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Noel \No"el\ (n[=o]"[e^]l), n. [F. no["e]l, L. natalis birthday,
   fr. natalis natal. See Natal.]
   Same as Nowel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nowel \Now"el\, n. [See Noel.] [Written also noel.]
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   1. Christmas; also, a shout of joy at Christmas for the birth
      of the Savior. [Obs.]
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   2. (Mus.) A kind of hymn, or canticle, of mediaeval origin,
      sung in honor of the Nativity of our Lord; a Christmas
      carol. --Grove.
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