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[kan-dl-muh s, -mas]
  1. a church festival, February 2, in honor of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary: candles are blessed on this day.
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Origin of Candlemas

before 1050; Middle English candelmasse, Old English candelmæsse. See candle, Mass
Also called Candlemas Day.
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Historical Examples of candlemas

  • May I never, but she's wearing the same one since Candlemas!

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Charles James Lever

  • It was last Candlemas you gave me a start, Dan, about—what was it, now?

  • A windy Christmas and a calm Candlemas are signs of a good year.

  • We were at Candlemas last in Grangehill, where we got meat and drink enough.

  • From Candlemas to Candlemas the heart has much on its tablets—it has the year's account.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland

    Hans Christian Andersen

British Dictionary definitions for candlemas


  1. Christianity Feb 2, the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the Temple: the day on which the church candles are blessed. In Scotland it is one of the four quarter days
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