Word for Wednesday: Carol

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It’s time to return to our Christmassy Words for Wednesday!

In the past we’ve looked at decorations and festive food and drink, and our Word for Wednesday theme for December is words you only hear at Christmas

Our first word for the month is carol

A carol is a joyful religious song which usually celebrates the birth of Christ (though can be about other seasons). Famous Christmas carols include: O Holy Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

The word dates to around 1300 when it described a ‘joyful song’ or a ‘dance in a ring’ and came to be used in reference to Christmas hymns from around 1500. Carol comes from the Old French ‘carole’.

07 Dec 2022
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