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- n. The octave, or seventh day after a festival (i.e., the eighth day counting inclusively, in the ancient Roman way).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The eighth day after any term or feast; the octave
- n. Hence, festivity; merriment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The octave of a festival, a legal term, or other particular occasion—that is, the space of eight days after it, or the last day of that space of time: as, the utas of Saint Hilary.
- n. Hence—2. Bustle; stir; unrestrained jollity or festivity, as during the octave of a festival.
Reduced form of plural utaves; compare octave. (Wiktionary)