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[lam-uh s] /ˈlæm əs/
a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed.
a festival (Feast of St. Peter's Chains) observed by Roman Catholics on August 1, in memory of St. Peter's imprisonment and his miraculous deliverance.
Also called Lammas Day.
Origin of Lammas
before 900; Middle English Lammesse, Old English hlāmmæsse, hlāfmæsse. See loaf1, Mass Unabridged
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  • The time of the 'defence' extends commonly to 'Lammas day:' hence the expression 'Lammas-meadow' to designate such land.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • The weather had been abnormally dry, and there might after all be no Lammas floods.

  • Meanwhile,” said Sir John, rising, “let the morrow of Lammas be appointed for the execution of those sentenced.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • The Lammas rights of the parishioners, with respect to this land, are now extinct.

    Chelsea George Bryan
  • There are only some very bad wells for the cattle, and they have to fetch drinking-water from afar, from Ghenab and Lammas.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • "This beats the Lammas flood o' '68," said the landlord, as he led the way to supper.

    The Story Of Kennett Bayard Taylor
  • It will be remembered that Lammas land is divided into strips for the hay crop.

  • If you time your visit between Maunday and Lammas, you obtain fourteen thousand years' pardon.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
  • Two whole days there were of such rain, and then there was no doubt as to the strength of the Lammas floods this year.

  • Lammas (loaf mass) is also found as a personal name, but there is a place called Lammas in Norfolk.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
British Dictionary definitions for Lammas


(RC Church) Aug 1, held as a feast, commemorating St Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison
Also called Lammas Day. the same day formerly observed in England as a harvest festival. In Scotland Lammas is a quarter day
Word Origin
Old English hlāfmæsse loaf mass
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Word Origin and History for Lammas

Aug. 1 harvest festival with consecration of loaves, Old English hlafmæsse, literally "loaf mass," from hlaf (see loaf (n.)) + mæsse (see mass (n.2)). Altered by influence of lamb (and occasionally spelled lamb- in 16c.-17c.).

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