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Martinmas

[mahr-tn-muh s]
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noun
  1. a church festival, November 11, in honor of St. Martin.

Origin of Martinmas

1250–1300; Middle English Martinmasse. See Saint (Saint) Martin, Mass
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Examples from the Web for martinmas

Historical Examples

  • Old Kate, as I found next day, was dead since Martinmas, and her house was empty.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • I can find no record of the principal, the Martinmas or Autumn, fishing of 1868.

  • Some of the Martinmas customs had less resemblance to St. Nicholas customs.

    St. Nicholas

    George H. McKnight

  • The time, says Barbour, was 'after Martinmas, when snow covered all the land.'

  • The festival of Martinmas was instituted in honor of him, in the year 560.


British Dictionary definitions for martinmas

Martinmas

noun
  1. the feast of St Martin on Nov 11; one of the four quarter days in Scotland
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