Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A funeral feast; a wake.
- Connected with or relating to funeral celebrations.
- Pertaining or relating to arable or plowed land.
- n. A funeral feast or wake, as was traditional in Scotland and the North of England.
- adj. Connected with or relating to funeral celebrations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. North of Eng. A funeral feast.
- From Middle English arvell, from Old Norse erfiöl, from erfiöl ("a funeral feast"), from arfr ("inheritance") + öl ("ale"). Cognate with Danish arveøl ("a wake, funeral feast"). More at erf, ale. (Wiktionary)
“Much New England rum was consumed at this gathering, and also before the procession to the grave, and after the interment the whole party returned to the house for an "arval," and drank again.”
“Afterward he and her father honored her by an arval to which they bade the whole neighborhood come, and which lasted three days.”
“There be always a great arval feast after the funeral to which all friends are bidden.”
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