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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
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  • And so I came back to Gwent as to Avalon; there to heal me of my grievous wounds.

    Far Off Things Arthur Machen
  • So he ordered his loyal vassal to take his sword to the island of Avalon.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • In Avalon began the long chapter of the troubles of the Baltimores with the Puritan opposition.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • We have tried to introduce principles of the Tuna Club of Avalon.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • They awaited his return just as certain stanch old Britons await the second coming of Arthur from the island of Avalon.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • But the spirit of Avalon, like the climate, is something to love.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Avalon, the earthly paradise, was but the complement of these.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • Avalon County appreciates the compliment,—if I may be permitted to answer for it.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Well was it for him that he was of the diocese of Lincoln, and that at that time Hugh of Avalon was its bishop.

    Legal Lore Various
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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