American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The week beginning on Whitsunday, especially the first three days of this week.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The season of Pentecost, comprehending the entire week which follows Pentecost Sunday. In the Church of England Whitsunday was appointed in 1549 as the day on which the reformed Book of Common Prayer was to be used for the first time. Whitsuntide, along with Easter, was one of the two great seasons for baptism in the ancient church, and received the name of White Sun-day (Dominica Alba) from the albs or white robes of the newly baptized, as Low Sunday was also called
Alb-Sunday(Dominica post Albas or in Albis depositis). See Pentecost.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The week commencing with Whitsunday, esp. the first three days -- Whitsunday, Whitsun Monday, and Whitsun Tuesday; the time of Pentecost.
- n. Christian holiday; the week beginning on Whitsunday (especially the first 3 days)
- Whitsun (“Whitsunday”) + -tide. (Wiktionary)
“Easter to the time called Whitsuntide) I took my leave of them to depart home, intending to walk to Wycombe in one day, and from thence home in another.”
“In some parts of Westphalia two girls lead a flower-crowned girl called the Whitsuntide Bride from door to door, singing a song in which they ask for eggs.”
“He is called the Whitsuntide-lout, and being mounted on horseback with a green branch in his hand he is led back into the village.”
“I think I will go down to Oxford for Whitsuntide, which is a heathen institution here which sends everyone away just as I want to meet them.”
“Day; the second with Whitsuntide, which is in May as often as not.”
“a feast of Whitsuntide, which is called Pentecost, the priests went in to the temple by night for to do their mysteries, and they heard a voice saying: Let us go hence from this place.”
“a flower-crowned girl called the Whitsuntide Bride from door to door, singing a song in which they ask for eggs.”
“We have ANOTHER one, tomorrow, "Whit Monday," following Whitsuntide, the day of Pentecost.”
“A mesmerised Sharp rushed to investigate and the dancers apologised, explaining that it was customary for them to dance only at Whitsuntide but, as times were hard, they thought they'd try to make a few extra coppers over Christmas.”
“Celebrated as Floralia by the Romans, Walpurgisnacht by the Teutons, Whitsuntide by the Dutch, and Beltane by the Celts, it centered on romantic devotions to the nubile goddesses of spring, Flora, Walpurga and Maia, for whom this month is named.”
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