from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Prosperity; happiness: in weal and woe.
- n. The welfare of the community; the general good: the public weal.
- n. A ridge on the flesh raised by a blow; a welt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a raised, longitudinal wound, usually purple, on the surface of flesh caused by stroke of rod or whip; a welt.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The mark of a stripe. See wale.
- transitive v. To mark with stripes. See wale.
- n. A sound, healthy, or prosperous state of a person or thing; prosperity; happiness; welfare.
- n. The body politic; the state; common wealth.
- transitive v. To promote the weal of; to cause to be prosperous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wealth; riches; hence, prosperity; success; happiness; well-being; the state of being well or prosperous: as, come weal or woe.
- n. The state: properly in the phrases common weal, public weal, general weal, meaning primarily ‘the common or public welfare,’ but used (the first now as a compound word) to designate the state (in which weal used alone is an abbreviation of commonweal).
- To promote the weal or welfare of.
- Same as wale.
- n. Same as wed.
- To be in woe or want.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
Middle English wele, from Old English wela; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
Alteration (influenced by wheal) of wale.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wela. (Wiktionary)
See wale (Wiktionary)