Wassail is equivalent to the phrase, "Your health," of the present day.
Wassail and Drinkhail are both derived from the Anglo-Saxon.
The rafters of the great living-room shook with the roar of wassail and of song.
The wassail bowl was a triumph, and the candle of Mr. Pickwick was put out.
It was past midnight when I withdrew from the scene of wassail.
Where is the silver plate—the wassail bowls and our silver-gilt chargers?
To whom it was answered by Hengist, that Wassail, what it signifieth.
"Till we meet beside the wassail board, make you merry," she said then.
The knight dropped his wassail cup and sprang to the assistance of the ladies.
Now, as then, the company was defeating tedium with wassail.