Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle English, pre-900
The Christmas season
The 12 Days of Christmas
Examples of Yule in a sentence
"She went all out to celebrate Yule with wreaths, ornaments, and traditions every year."
"Pipers piping and lords a-leaping are excellent ways to celebrate Yule."
Popularity Over Time
While Yule now refers to the Christian holiday, the origins are broader. Yule was the original name for an ancient winter festival through December and January. When Christianity spread, the term was adopted for the celebration associated with the Feast of the Nativity.
Did you Know?
You’ll find versions of Yule scattered all throughout Christmas carols. It’s a proper noun for the Christmas season, specifically the 12 days starting December 25. It can also be an adjective — anyone love a yule log? Then it helps form "yuletide," another noun for the Christmas season in general.