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  • noun Plural form of church-ale.

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Examples

  • If he is a moral censor, then he is too like those who keep trying to close down the London theatres, and were also hostile to maypoles, village fairs, and the church-ales or festive gatherings at churches that Toby may be referring to.

    Shakespeare

  • This was somewhat new to me, this dinner in a church, and I thought of the church-ales of the Middle Ages; but I said nothing, and presently we came out into the road which ran through the village.

    News from Nowhere

  • The people of Lancashire in the time of James I. were as devoted to sports and amusement as they are now; and when the king was making a progress through Lancashire, "he received a petition from some servants, labourers, mechanics, and other vulgar persons, complaining that they were debarred from dancing, playing, church-ales -- in a word, from all recreations on Sundays after Divine service."

    Old English Sports

  • The proceeds of these church-ales were often considerable.

    Old English Sports

  • Whether the learned writer was right in his conjecture we cannot be quite certain, but church-ales subsequently degenerated into something quite different from New Testament injunctions, and were altogether prohibited on account of the excess to which they gave rise.

    Old English Sports

  • This was somewhat new to me, this dinner in a church, and I thought of the church-ales of the Middle Ages; but I said nothing, and presently we came out into the road which ran through the village.

    News From Nowhere, or, An Epoch of Rest [a machine-readable transcription]

  • This was somewhat new to me, this dinner in a church, and I thought of the church-ales of the Middle Ages; but I said nothing, and presently we came out into the road which ran through the village.

    News from Nowhere, or, an Epoch of Rest : being some chapters from a utopian romance

  • The names of many of the domestic festivities of Sweden remind us very much of those of our own old festivities; as church-ales, christening-ales, etc.: thus, barnsöl, the christening-feast; graföl, burial-feast; arföl, the feast given by the heir on descent of property, etc.

    The Home

  • "Touching clerke-ales (which are lesser church-ales) for the better maintenance of Parish-clerks they have been used

    The Parish Clerk

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