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- n. A rustic wedding feast; a bridal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rustic wedding feast; a bridal. See ale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old and etymological form of bridal.
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As for Waltheof, whatever he had promised at the bride-ale, he had done no disloyal act; he had had no share in the rebellion, and he had told the King all that he knew.
Weighing the accounts, it would seem that, in the excitement of the bride-ale, he consented to the treason, but that he thought better of it the next morning.
So that, when one of the maids, wresting the stocking, fell hard against him, he clasped her in his arms and kissed her till she struggled from him to drink a mug of bride-ale.
But we've to wipe up the mess: an 'if the young men must go an' wipe it up, an 'if for them there's never to be bride-ale nor children,
Waltheof, the last earl of purely English race, had been present at the fatal bride-ale, but though he had listened to the plottings of the conspirators, he had revealed all that he knew to
And the long, square room, with the cave bed behind its shutter in the hollow of the wall, the light-coloured, square beams, and the foaming basin of bride-ale that a fat-armed girl in a blue kerseymere gown served out to scullion after scullion; the open windows from which a little knave was casting bride-pennies to some screaming beggars and women in the street; the blind hornman whose unseeing eyes glanced along the reed of his bassoon that he played before the open door; the two saucy maids striving to wrest the bride's stockings one from the other -- all these things appeared friendly and jovial in his eyes.