Definition of carval in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːvl/


(also carvel)
dialect British
  • A ballad composed in Manx Gaelic on a Christian subject, traditionally sung in church after the Christmas Eve service.

    Carvals form the bulk of original literary composition produced in Manx prior to the 20th century, some examples being more than a hundred lines in length.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Mona's Herald. From Manx carval, apparently from English carol.