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Whitsun

[hwit-suh n, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt sən, ˈwɪt-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Whitsunday or Whitsuntide.
noun
2.
Whitsunday or Whitsuntide.
Origin of Whitsun
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English Whitsone(n), shortening of whitsonenday (by analysis as whitsonen-day); see Whitsunday
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  • These few days of Austin's Whitsun visit had changed his cosmic view.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • So now you are going to be Whitsun King for a whole year, eh?

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • And at last rosy Whitsun Day, most comical of days, arrived.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Well, Martin, it will be all up with your Whitsun Kingship immediately.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • On Whitsun Eve in the morning, she had eight hours bitter torment.

  • On September 26, the army was ordered to assemble at Carlisle on Whitsun eve.

    Sir William Wallace A. F. Murison
  • It's Whitsun Eve, and nobody has rung the vesper bell—that's very strange.

    Master Olof August Strindberg
  • You did not know I had been there all through the Whitsun holidays?'

    The Well-Beloved Thomas Hardy
  • For the children's intrusions are not quite the only cloud in Talbot's Whitsun sky.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for Whitsun

Whitsun

/ˈwɪtsən/
noun
1.
short for Whitsuntide
adjective
2.
of or relating to Whit Sunday or Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for Whitsun

late 13c., contraction of Whitsunday.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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