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Brydal(e, Brydel(l, n. Also: brydaill, bryd-, bridall(e, brydill, briddel(l; brydle, bridle; brithall, bryth-, brithel(l, brithle. [ME. bryd-, bridale, etc., OE. brýd-ealo ‘brideale’.]

1. A bridal; a wedding or wedding-feast. (See also Penny brydal.)(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxx. 746.
He thocht in hewine he suld se A grete brydale grathit be
Ib. xxxiii. 181.
I wald blith haf bene At thi brydale
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2349.
He … maid a ryall brydale sone
c1420 Wynt. iii. 154.
Off his wyff the frendys alle Assemblyt wes at that bridalle
Ib. 165.
Wytht-in sevyn dayis off that brydale
1488 Rec. Earld. Orkney 332.
Diverse and mony … quhilkis war at my fader and my moderis bridale
c1500-c1512 Dunb. l. 19.
At feistis and brydallis wpaland, He wan the gre
1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 191.
He send the said scheip … to his syster brydal
1560 Rolland Seven S. 290/31.
My subiectis I haue commandit haill, That thay be heir the morne at my brydaill
1577 Fam. Innes 132.
Thair was certaine knychtis maid at the erle of Buchanis brydaill
1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 106.
That thair be na derrar brydallis … And all that passis to ony derrar brydallis … sall pay aucht schillingis
1595 Duncan Appendix.
Repotia, the infair, the banket after the bridall
1598 Rep. Milne Home MSS. 70.
His Majestie … raid to Sorne to the Duik of Lennox brydall
1662 Soc. Ant. XXII. 229.
The said Iames being at Iohn Mailers brydale
(b) 1567 St. A. Kirk S. 294.
Being desyrit be freindis … quha promist to mak expensis of the brydell
1580 Misc. Spald. C. II. 111.
I suppone that I sall nocht gang to the court quhyll efter my Lord Marris brydell
1600 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 203.
Being accusit … for ganging to vther tounes and brydellis be waye of scaffry and begging
1621 Black Bk. Taymouth 361.
That na … persones … drink within ane browstar hous … except brydellis
1626 Elgin Rec. II. 194; Ib. 195.
All brydells dischargeit to be on Sonday any tyme heirefter
1640 Haddington Corr. 178.
I haw refused … a brydell att Struther on Theusday
1661 Melrose R. Rec. I. 339.
[Certain sheep sold to defender] att his dochters brydell
(c) 1608 Stirling B. Rec. I. 121.
All … persones duelland within this burgh … sal mak thair brythellis and banquetis within this burgh
1642 Lanark Presb. 29.
Thrugh occasion of a tumultuous brithell
1659 St. A. Presb. 74.
The Presbyterie discharged him to play at any brythells, or at drunken lawings
1670 Lauder Journal 244.
Given at Mr David Falconer's woman's brithell
1671 Ib. 258.
At Jo. Meggets relicts brithle

2. Attrib. with day, dinner, lawing. 1513 Doug. vii. vi. 108.
Tharby … [to] Stop and prolong thar fast and brydell day
1616 M. Works Acc. XV. 24 b.
To Ihonne Reid, smyth, to drink on his brydell day
1647 S. Leith Rec. 77.
That their brydell dinners sall not exceed 12 s. for ilk persone
1652 Stirling Ant. II. 7.
That no brydell lawing sall exceed eight shillings
1653 Stirling B. Rec. I. 210.
The abuse … in taking tuelf shilling for a brythell lawing
1658 S. Leith Rec. 111.
That the old act concerning brydle lawings sould be reneued

b. Attrib. with claithis (later cloaths, etc.), goun. 1604 Tailor's Acc. Bk. 31.
To ȝour dochteris brydle claithis
1609 Edinb. Test. XLV. 89.
He leiffis … to his air his haill brydell claithis
1640 Black Bk. Taymouth 90.
He bestowit vpon hir brydall and brydall cloaths the soume of ane thousand merkis money
1664 Lamont Diary 213.
After the brithall clothes were meade, she refused to take him
1693 Foulis Acc. Bk. 156.
To give Grissell Seton to help to buy her brydle cloathes
1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 145 b.
Hir bryddell gowne

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