Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Christian feast observed on November 11 in commemoration of the death and burial of Saint Martin of Tours.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A church festival formerly kept on November 11th, in honor of St. Martin, the patron saint of France.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eccl.) The feast of St. Martin, the eleventh of November; -- often called martlemans.
  • noun a period of calm, warm weather often experienced about the time of Martinmas; Indian summer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun St Martin's day, 11th November. A Scottish quarter day.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the feast of Saint Martin; a quarter day in Scotland

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English martinmesse : Martin, Saint Martin of Tours + messe, masse, Mass; see Mass.]

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Martin +‎ -mas

Examples

  • On November 11th we celebrate the feast of St. Martin of Tours, also known as Martinmas!

    Goose with Apple Stuffing for Martinmas

  • The new wine is usually ready to drink on Martinmas, which is also the traditional day for slaughtering livestock for the winter, so it is a kind of harvest festival and a late fall Mardi Gras all rolled into one.

    November 11: Martin, Bishop of Tours (397)

  • On November 11th we celebrate the feast of St. Martin of Tours, also known as Martinmas!

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • In A Continual Feast, author Evelyn Berge Vitz tells us that his feast, called Martinmas, became a major one in Europe, largely no doubt because it took on the character of an in-gathering festival: a thanksgiving celebration.

    Goose with Apple Stuffing for Martinmas

  • The new wine is usually ready to drink on Martinmas, which is also the traditional day for slaughtering livestock for the winter, so it is a kind of harvest festival and a late fall Mardi Gras all rolled into one.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • In A Continual Feast, author Evelyn Berge Vitz tells us that his feast, called Martinmas, became a major one in Europe, largely no doubt because it took on the character of an in-gathering festival: a thanksgiving celebration.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • Charles the Second it was not till the beginning of November that families laid in their stock of salt provisions, then called Martinmas beef.

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 1

  • For far longer, however, it has been St Martin's Day (sometimes known as Martinmas or Martinstag).

    Latest News from Ekklesia

  • He died and was buried on Nov. 11, which to this day is not just Veterans Day, but Martinmas, a day to feast this curious conscientious objector to war.

    Shane Claiborne: When Soldiers Become Saints

  • He died and was buried on Nov. 11, which to this day is not just Veterans Day, but Martinmas, a day to feast this curious conscientious objector to war.

    Shane Claiborne: When Soldiers Become Saints

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