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[hwit-suh n-tahyd, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt sənˌtaɪd, ˈwɪt-/
the week beginning with Whitsunday, especially the first three days of this week.
Also called Whit Week.
Origin of Whitsuntide
First recorded in 1175-1225, Whitsuntide is from the Middle English word whitsone(n)tide. See Whitsun, tide1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Austin had come down for Whitsuntide, and a lady was staying in the house.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • It was Whitsuntide, a time of fear to the cultivated Londoner.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Everybody used to wear something white at Whitsuntide in them days.

  • And I shall stay till after Whitsuntide unless I am turned out.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • William came home again with his sweetheart at the Whitsuntide.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • She has asked me down to Bray the day after to-morrow for Whitsuntide.

    Daisy's Aunt

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • Command her to come to Court for this Whitsuntide, there is a chamber at her service.

    Penshurst Castle Emma Marshall
  • They should have some Whitsuntide cakes, too, as they did years ago.

  • Yet was my brother Herdegen still absent, albeit we had looked for him at Whitsuntide.

  • I have had a Whitsuntide of visits, beginning with the Deanery of Hereford.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
British Dictionary definitions for Whitsuntide


the week that begins with Whit Sunday, esp the first three days
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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