from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used as a drinking toast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A toast, roughly equivalent to cheers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation of good wishes; hail!


Danish and Norwegian skaal, cup, skoal, from Old Norse skāl, bowl, drinking vessel; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Nordic skål, which is used for raising a toast and also means bowl. (That there is a relation to English "skull" is urban legend.) (Wiktionary)


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