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[mik-uh l-muh s] /ˈmɪk əl məs/
noun, Chiefly British.
a festival celebrated on September 29 in honor of the archangel Michael.
Also called Michaelmas Day.
Origin of Michaelmas
before 1150; Middle English Mighelmes; Old English (Sanct) Michaeles masse (St.) Michael's mass Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Sept 29, the feast of St Michael the archangel; in England, Ireland, and Wales, one of the four quarter days
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Word Origin and History for Michaelmas

early 12c., Sanct Micheles mæsse, the feast of St. Michael (Sept. 29, an English quarter-day), from Michael + mass (n.2). Goose is the day's traditional fare since at least 15c.

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