Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Halloween

or Hal·low·e'en

[hal-uh-ween, -oh-een, hol-]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the evening of October 31; the eve of All Saints' Day; Allhallows Eve: observed especially by children in costumes who solicit treats, often by threatening minor pranks.
Show More

Origin of Halloween

First recorded in 1550–60; (All)hallow(s) + e(v)en2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for halloween

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for halloween

Halloween

Hallowe'en

noun
  1. the eve of All Saints' Day celebrated on Oct 31 by masquerading; Allhallows Eve
Show More

Word Origin

C18: see Allhallows, even ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for halloween

Halloween

c.1745, Scottish shortening of Allhallow-even "Eve of All Saints, last night of October" (1550s), the last night of the year in the old Celtic calendar, where it was Old Year's Night, a night for witches. A pagan holiday given a cursory baptism and sent on its way. See hallow; also cf. hallows.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper