. Either of two cakes traditionally eaten during the Christmas season: (a) a large cake into which a bean, coin, or other token is inserted which confers upon the recipient of the serving containing it the status of king or queen of the feast; = Twelfth-cake n.; (b) a small cake or biscuit formed into the shape of a person; = yule-dough n. at yule n. Compounds 1b. Now hist. and rare. The OED is the definitive record of the English language, featuring 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1,000 years of English.