[ bel-teyn, -tin ]
/ ˈbɛl teɪn, -tɪn /


an ancient Celtic festival observed on May Day in Scotland and Ireland to mark the beginning of summer.

Origin of Beltane

1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic bealltainn, Old Irish bel(l)taine, perhaps equivalent to *bel- an obscure element, perhaps the name of a supernatural person + tene fire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beltane

/ (ˈbɛlteɪn, -tən) /


an ancient Celtic festival with a sacrificial bonfire on May Day. It is also celebrated by modern pagans

Word Origin for Beltane

C15: from Scottish Gaelic bealltainn
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