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[hwit-suh n, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt sən, ˈwɪt-/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


short for Whitsuntide
of or relating to Whit Sunday or Whitsuntide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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