from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)


  • Laurentii, etc. In this method of dating, which was constantly employed both in Latin and ill the vernacular, the use of the English word utas for octave should be noticed.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • How does the fact that the “John Hunter” who really lives and works in Tasmania has an email address at prove that the “John Hunter” who is writing this to you at the moment is the same one?

    Acceptance Dates « Climate Audit

  • NOW leave we of Lucius the Emperor and speak we of King Arthur, that commanded all them of his retinue to be ready at the utas of

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • Now he spent a night in the open, nearly frozen by snow, the pain of the cold being interrupted only by the abstraction of "meditation" and the joy of composing _utas_ (short poems).

    Personality in Literature

  • NOW leave we of Lucius the Emperor and speak we of King Arthur, that commanded all them of his retinue to be ready at the utas of Hilary for to hold a parliament at

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1

  • For the two by reason have vigils, but because that penance is accounted for vigil, therefore that of our Lady behoveth no vigil, but they have all utas, for all haste them unto the eighth resurrection.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • And when he had told this to the sovereign bishop the pope, and to the others, and had been in fastings, in prayers, and sought in scriptures and witnesses of old writings, they established this day of the nativity of the glorious Virgin to be hallowed generally of all christian men, but the utas sometime was not hallowed ne kept.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • But Innocent the fourth, of the nation of Genoa, ordained and instituted the said utas to be observed.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • The second privilege is in the octaves or utas; for he only with S. Stephen have their octaves among all other martyrs, like as S. Martin hath among the confessors.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 4

  • But, after S. Austin, the first day is taken by synechdoche, that is that the last part of the day is taken which dureth from Easter unto the utas of Whitsuntide, like as holy Church hath ordained.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 1


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