from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A warm drink consisting of wine or ale mixed with sugar, eggs, bread, and various spices, sometimes given to ill persons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hot drink given to the sick, consisting of wine or ale, eggs, and bread.
- v. To make into caudle.
- v. To serve as a caudle to; to refresh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of warm drink for sick persons, being a mixture of wine with eggs, bread, sugar, and spices.
- transitive v. To make into caudle.
- transitive v. Too serve as a caudle to; to refresh.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of warm drink made of wine or ale mixed with bread, sugar, and spices, and sometimes eggs, given to sick persons, to a woman in childbed, and her visitors.
- To make into caudle.
- To serve as a caudle for; refresh, comfort, or make warm, as with caudle.
Middle English caudel, from Old North French, from Medieval Latin caldellus, from Latin caldum, hot drink, from caldus, calidus, warm, hot; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)