Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or observed on Whitsunday or at Whitsuntide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Whitsunday
  • n. The holiday beginning on Whitsunday
  • adj. Of, or relating to Whitsunday or Whitsuntide

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or observed at, Whitsuntide

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or observed at Whitsuntide; following Whitsunday, or falling in Whitsun-week: generally used in composition: as, Whitsun-ale; Whitsun -Monday, etc.

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

  • n. Christian holiday; the week beginning on Whitsunday (especially the first 3 days)

Etymologies

Middle English whitsone, back-formation from whitsonday, Whitsunday; see Whitsunday.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The blacks were allowed full liberty to frolic, for several days in Whitsun-week, and they used to hold a fair, building booths, which they never failed to ornament with the Pinxter Blumejies.

    Rural Hours

  • He imagined himself standing up in front of them and announcing a new kind of Whitsun service: instead of singing hymns and saying prayers, we’re going to dig holes and carry stones.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • The most notable, the so-called Battle of Brighton, took place on the Whitsun bank holiday of 1964 the year in which Rowan Joffe's new adaption of Brighton Rock is set as 3,000 youths descended for the long weekend.

    Brighton: the grit and the glamour

  • Heathrow will have its busiest Whitsun bank holiday for at least 10 years with New York, Dubai and Dublin the top three destinations for its expected 800,000 passengers.

    Ash cloud: 2m will take to skies in holiday getaway

  • The justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has postponed plans to announce his sentencing reforms, including the controversial move to increase discounts for early guilty pleas, until after the Whitsun break.

    Kenneth Clarke delays announcement of sentencing reforms

  • As they aren't during their three weeks off at Easter, their two weeks off at Whitsun, their three weeks off at Christmas, their half-terms, their conference recesses…But it's the summer that is the biggest problem.

    What happened to the dear old silly season? | Carole Cadwalladr

  • Folded chasubles are used further on Ember days (except those in the Whitsun octave), on Whitsun Eve before Mass (not at the red Mass), on Candlemas at the blessing of candles and procession. (p. 245)

    Use, History and Development of the "Planeta Plicata" or Folded Chasuble

  • The 27th Whitsun Pilgrimage from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartres began this morning at dawn.

    News from the Chartres Pilgrimage

  • Sting read two poems by the great 20th Century English poet Philip Larkin, including the well-known poem "The Whitsun Weddings" and this short, impish poem called "This Be the Verse":

    Meryl Streep Headlines a Star-Studded Poetry Gala

  • Last week, Bartoli revealed her own foray into a second career: a press conference yesterday confirmed that as of 2012, she will replace Riccardo Muti as the artistic director of the Salzburg Pfingstfestspiele, an event most frequently, if archaically, translated as the "Whitsun Festival."

    Bartoli's new Whit

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