[hwit-suh n, wit-]
- of or relating to Whitsunday or Whitsuntide.
- Whitsunday or Whitsuntide.
Origin of Whitsun
1250–1300; Middle English Whitsone(n), shortening of whitsonenday (by analysis as whitsonen-day); see Whitsunday
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Examples from the Web for whitsun
Some two years later, during the Whitsun holiday, I had taken one of my daughters to the cinema and arrived home about 10.30pm.Alan Turing’s Brother: He Should Be Alive Today
John Ferrier Turing
June 23, 2012
These few days of Austin's Whitsun visit had changed his cosmic view.Viviette
William J. Locke
And at last rosy Whitsun Day, most comical of days, arrived.
So now you are going to be Whitsun King for a whole year, eh?
Well, Martin, it will be all up with your Whitsun Kingship immediately.
On Whitsun Eve in the morning, she had eight hours bitter torment.The Devil in Britain and America
- short for Whitsuntide
- of or relating to Whit Sunday or Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for whitsun
late 13c., contraction of Whitsunday.
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