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or Av·al·lon

noun Celtic Legend.
  1. an island, represented as an earthly paradise in the western seas, to which King Arthur and other heroes were carried at death.
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Origin of Avalon

< Medieval Latin (insula) avallonis (Geoffrey of Monmouth) (island) of Avallon, literally, apple tree (island) < a British Celtic stem for apple tree, cognate with Welsh afall (plural collective), Middle Breton avallenn (singular), Old Irish aball (feminine) < *ǫbǫl-n-, cognate with Slavic *(j)ablanĭ; see apple
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  • So he ordered his loyal vassal to take his sword to the island of Avalon.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • We have tried to introduce principles of the Tuna Club of Avalon.

  • But the spirit of Avalon, like the climate, is something to love.

  • Avalon has a singular charm outside of its sport of fishing.

  • Avalon County appreciates the compliment,—if I may be permitted to answer for it.

British Dictionary definitions for avalon


  1. Celtic myth an island paradise in the western seas: in Arthurian legend it is where King Arthur was taken after he was mortally wounded
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Word Origin

from Medieval Latin insula avallonis island of Avalon, from Old Welsh aballon apple
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