from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Pentecost.
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- n. The Sunday of the feast of Pentecost, seven weeks after Easter, when traditionally many Christians would be baptised, wearing white clothes
- n. A quarter day, falling on 15th May
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The seventh Sunday, and the fiftieth day, after Easter; a festival of the church in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; Pentecost; -- so called, it is said, because, in the primitive church, those who had been newly baptized appeared at church between Easter and Pentecost in white garments.
- n. See the Note under Term, n., 12.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The seventh Sunday after Easter; a festival of the church in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
- n. In Scotland, one of the term-days (May 15th or, from the Old Style, May 26th) on which rents, annuities, ministers' stipends, etc., are paid, servants are engaged and paid, etc. The Whitsunday removal term in the towns is now fixed by law as May 28th.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. seventh Sunday after Easter; commemorates the emanation of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles; a quarter day in Scotland
Middle English whitsonday, from Old English hwīta sunnandæg, White Sunday (from the white ceremonial robes worn on this day) : hwīt, white; see white + sunnandæg, Sunday; see Sunday.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Contraction of white Sunday (Wiktionary)