weal

 /wiːl/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
weal1 /wil/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. well-being;
    prosperity.

weal2 /wil/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Pathology wheal.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
weal1  (wēl), 
n. 
  • well-being, prosperity, or happiness:the public weal; weal and woe.
  • [Obs.]wealth or riches.
  • [Obs.]the body politic;
    the state.
  • Etymology:bef. 900;
    Middle English wele, Old English wela;
    akin to well1

    weal2  (wēl), 
    n. 
  • Pathologywheal.
  • Etymology:variant of wale1, with ea of wheal


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    weal /wiːl/ n
    1. a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blow
      Also called: welt
    Etymology: 19th Century: variant of wale1, influenced in form by wheal
    weal /wiːl/ n
    1. archaic prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal)
    Etymology: Old English wela; related to Old Saxon welo, Old High German wolo



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