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or Avallon

[av-uh-lon] /ˈæv əˌlɒn/
noun, Celtic Legend.
an island, represented as an earthly paradise in the western seas, to which King Arthur and other heroes were carried at death.
Origin of Avalon
< Medieval Latin (insula) avallonis (Geoffrey of Monmouth) (island) of Avallon, literally, apple tree (island) < a British Celtic stem for apple tree, cognate with Welsh afall (plural collective), Middle Breton avallenn (singular), Old Irish aball (feminine) < *ǫbǫl-n-, cognate with Slavic *(j)ablanĭ; see apple Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So he ordered his loyal vassal to take his sword to the island of Avalon.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • We have tried to introduce principles of the Tuna Club of Avalon.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • But the spirit of Avalon, like the climate, is something to love.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Avalon has a singular charm outside of its sport of fishing.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Avalon County appreciates the compliment,—if I may be permitted to answer for it.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • She had left Avalon; she had left him to whom she had plighted her troth.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • I lived at the court of Avalon, the home of Love and Troubadours.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • The name of this city in Chrêtien is EscAvalon, apparently a variant of Avalon.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback
  • There is no doubt that Arthur was conceived of as living and ruling in Avalon.

British Dictionary definitions for Avalon


(Celtic myth) an island paradise in the western seas: in Arthurian legend it is where King Arthur was taken after he was mortally wounded
Word Origin
from Medieval Latin insula avallonis island of Avalon, from Old Welsh aballon apple
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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