or Sa·main, sa·mh'in
- a festival of the ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
Origin of Samhain
1885–90; < Irish; Old Irish samain
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Examples from the Web for samain
This other Samain, older and not less genuine, is revealed in parts of his collection called Evocations.The Book of Masks
Remy de Gourmont
- an ancient Celtic festival held on Nov 1 to mark the beginning of winter and the beginning of a new year. It is also celebrated by modern pagans
from Irish, from Old Irish samain
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Word Origin and History for samain
1888, from Irish samhain (Gaelic samhuinn), from Old Irish samain, literally "summer's end," from Old Irish sam "summer" (see summer (n.1)) + fuin "end." Nov. 1, the Celtic festival of the start of winter and of the new year.
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