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Nowel \Now"el\, n. [See Noel.] [Written also no["e]l.]

  1. Christmas; also, a shout of joy at Christmas for the birth of the Savior. [Obs.]

  2. (Mus.) A kind of hymn, or canticle, of medi[ae]val origin, sung in honor of the Nativity of our Lord; a Christmas carol.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., nowel "feast of Christmas," from Old French noel "the Christmas season," variant of nael, from Latin natalis (dies) "birth (day)," in Church Latin in reference to the birthday of Christ, from natus, past participle of nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). The modern word in English, with the sense "a Christmas carol" (1811) probably is a separate borrowing from French. As a masc. proper name, from Old French, probably literally "of or born on Christmas."


n. 1 Christmas 2 A kind of hymn, or canticle, of mediaeval origin, sung in honor of the birth of Christ; a Christmas carol.

Noel, MO -- U.S. city in Missouri
Population (2000): 1480
Housing Units (2000): 630
Land area (2000): 2.000749 sq. miles (5.181915 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.056655 sq. miles (0.146735 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.057404 sq. miles (5.328650 sq. km)
FIPS code: 52742
Located within: Missouri (MO), FIPS 29
Location: 36.543361 N, 94.486238 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 64854
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Noel, MO
Noel (given name)

Noel is a masculine French given name derived from noël, meaning Christmas. The actual feminine form is Noelle, but in English-speaking regions Noel is sometimes used for females as well. The original French spellings are Noël and Noëlle.

Noel (film)

Noel is a 2004 Christmas-themed drama film written by David Hubbard and directed by Chazz Palminteri. It stars Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Daniel Sunjata and an uncredited Robin Williams. It was filmed in Montreal, Canada.

Noël (Joan Baez album)

Noël is a Christmas album by Joan Baez, released in 1966.

Working with arranger-conductor Peter Schickele ( PDQ Bach), Baez, for the first time, recorded an album outside the standard guitar-based folk format. She worked with Schickele on her next two albums, both of which also featured classical orchestration.

Unlike holiday albums by many other popular artists, Baez included mostly traditional material, avoiding more lighthearted or commercial fare in favor of a somber, understated tone. She included both familiar ("The Little Drummer Boy") and more obscure ("Down in Yon Forest") material. The album also contains several brief instrumental selections arranged by Schickele.

Noël (The West Wing)

"Noël" is the 10th episode of the second season of The West Wing.

Noel (company)

Noel, formally known as Compañía de Galletas Noel S.A. is a food and beverage company headquartered in Medellín, Colombia.

Noel (Noel Pagan album)

Noel is a 1987 album by Latin freestyle artist Noel. It was released on CD in 1988. The album contains four singles, and reached #126 on the Billboard 200.

The first single, " Silent Morning", is his most successful single to date. It reached #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. The second single, " Like a Child", also became very popular and was his first single to reach the top position on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The third single from the album, " Out of Time" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 but was the second single to reach the top of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and the last to participate. The fourth single, " Change", also had similar success as the previous singles.

Noël (The Priests album)

Noël is the first holiday album by Catholic group, The Priests. It was released on 6 December 2010 on Epic Records.

Noel (The West Wing)
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Noel (TV series)

Noel is a Philippine drama aired on QTV Channel 11 (now Q Channel 11) in 2006. It starred Renz Valerio in his title role.

Noel (Josh Wilson album)

Noel is the first holiday studio album from Christian Contemporary/ folk/ adult contemporary/ pop rock recording artist Josh Wilson, which was produced by Matt Bronleewe and released on October 9, 2012, by Sparrow Records. The album was met with commercial and critical successes.

Noël (singer)

Noël is an American female disco music singer who released an album and several singles on Virgin Records at the end of the 1970s.

Noël was a Los Angeles-based model-turned-singer who was promoted by brothers Ron and Russell Mael of the band Sparks. Her real-life identity has not publicly been revealed.

Noel (band)

Noel is a South Korean boy band consisting of Jeon Woo-sung, Lee Sang-gon, Na Sung-ho and Kang Kyun-sung.

Noël (Josh Groban album)

Noël is a Christmas album and the fourth studio album by Josh Groban that was released on October 9, 2007. In the United States, the album is available as a single CD release in most retail stores. However, Target stores released a limited edition version of the album with a bonus DVD that features a " Making of" documentary entitled The Making of Noël.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 3,699,000 copies in 2007 after its release, making it the overall best-selling album in the U.S. for all of 2007. It was also the best-selling holiday album in 2008 with sales of 915,000 copies. As of October 2015, the album has sold 5.8 million copies in the United States according to SoundScan, making it the second best-selling holiday album in the U.S. in the Nielsen SoundScan era (March 1991 – present) behind Kenny G's 1994 holiday set Miracles: The Holiday Album. According to Billboard, Noël is the second best-selling classical album of the 2000s decade in the US, behind Groban's own Closer.

On December 12, 2008, Noël was certified Quintuple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, recognizing shipment of five million copies in the United States.

Apart from the songs included on the album, Groban has also released two other Christmas songs: " O Holy Night" (available as a bonus track on Josh Groban in Concert) and "Noche de Paz" (a Spanish version of "Silent Night" available as a digital download single).

Noel (surname)

Noel is the surname of the following:

  • Bill Noël (1914–1987), Texas oil industrialist and philanthropist
  • Christian Noël (born 1945), French fencer
  • Claude Noël (born 1955), Canadian hockey player and coach
  • David Noel (born 1984), American basketball player
  • Desmond Noel (born 1974), Grenadian football goalkeeper
  • Evan Noel (1879–1928), British rackets player
  • Fabrice Noël (born 1985), Haitian soccer player
  • Gerard Noel (disambiguation), any of several people
  • Jules Achille Noël (born 1815), French landscape and maritime painter
  • Magali Noël (born 1932), Turkish-French actress and singer
  • Nerlens Noel (born 1994), American basketball player
  • Paul Noel (1924–2005), American basketball player
  • Philip W. Noel (born 1931), 68th Governor of Rhode Island
  • Rico Noel (born 1989), American baseball player
  • Tessa Noël, fictional character in the television series Highlander: The Series
Noel (Phil Vassar album)

Noel is the first holiday album by American country music recording artist Phil Vassar. It was released through independent record label Rodeowave Entertainment on November 22, 2011 alongside Vassar's first live album, The Hits Live On Broadway. It was released as a digital download and CD, though the latter is only available online through Vassar's website. The album contains traditional Christmas songs as well as some original music that was orchestrated by Vassar himself. Though no singles were released from the album, a music video was shot for the track "Santa's Gone Hollywood." Noel was recorded in a single day and is Vassar's shortest studio cut to date.

Usage examples of "noel".

Standing up abruptly, he tumbled a startled Noel off his lap, catching her and setting her on her feet before she landed in aheap on the floor.

But there was good provision for the lesser gentry, and the names of Sudeley and Boteler and Tracey and Lacey and Noel bulked large.

Sudely and Boteler and Noel are shrewd folk, and the wool-staplers are shrewder.

TRUE TALE IT seemed a greeting from one dead man to another, when Dana Brye sprang forward to meet Noel Shalley.

Oh, there was a holiday, of course, and even the gaunt, Gaullist figure of Pere Noel, an ascetic and intellectualized version of Santa.

NSA director was Vice Admiral Noel Gayler, a handsome, salt-and-pepper-haired naval aviator.

Convinced that foreign interests were financing the antiwar movement, on June 5, 1970, he met in the Oval Office with Vice Admiral Noel Gayler, who was then the director of NSA, and the chiefs of the CIA, DIA, and FBI.

I myself had a most interesting and cordial lunch discussion with Noel and Jeanne Gayler, Admiral Gayler being a former director of the National Security Agency.

Tossed into the Fourth Dimension, Little Mathematics Professor Noel Gouf Has an Amazing Chance to Solve All of His Personal Problems While Time Stands Motionless!

And since middle-aged, ineffectual high school mathematics teachers are far more plentiful than jobs, little Noel Gouf knew that he was finished.

Merton, the class playboy at Harvard, into whose amiable bubble-blown brain little Noel Gouf had diligently tried to cram sufficient tutorial information to get him through freshman trig, was head of his own great brokerage house.

Noel Gouf, and I was an infant prodigy once, and I have a big bulging brain.

By pushing his ear forward, this way and that, tiptoeing around the room, Noel Gouf could pick them up.

Noel Gouf lifted back his right foot, and swung it with all the solidiy of his short, stubby frame against the spot indicated.

Noel Gouf read the violet ink on the pink paper over with a feeling creeping horror.