Definition of Noel in English:



  • 1Christmas, especially as a refrain in carols and on Christmas cards.

    ‘So this Noel, a trip to the City's business district may well pay off.’
    • ‘Since I have a little space left, I’d like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas, Joyous Noel, Happy Hanukkah, and especially a Happy New Year.’
    • ‘Catherine and I, with all our family, wish you a ‘Joyous Noel’ and a peaceful and happy New Year.’
    • ‘Have a joyous Noel, all of you!’
    • ‘Joyous Noel!’
    • ‘This document contains the words and free sheet music to the traditional Christmas carol, The First Noel; the carol dates back many centuries and was first officially published in the early 1800's.’
    Christmas, Christmastime, Christmastide, festive season
    1. 1.1A Christmas carol.
      • ‘at Christmas the club sang noels at the crib’



/nōˈel/ /noʊˈɛl/


Late Middle English from Anglo-Norman French Noël, based on Latin natalis (see natal). The sense ‘Christmas carol’ dates from the late 18th century.