Feast of St. Peter's Chains


See under Lammas(def 2).

Definition for feast of st peter's chains (2 of 2)


[ lam-uh s ]
/ ˈlæm əs /


a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed.
a festival (Feast of St. Peter's Chains) observed by Roman Catholics on August 1, in memory of St. Peter's imprisonment and his miraculous deliverance.

Origin of Lammas

before 900; Middle English Lammesse, Old English hlāmmæsse, hlāfmæsse. See loaf1, Mass
Also called Lammas Day.
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British Dictionary definitions for feast of st peter's chains


/ (ˈlæməs) /


RC Church Aug 1, held as a feast, commemorating St Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison
Also called: Lammas Day the same day formerly observed in England as a harvest festival. In Scotland Lammas is a quarter day

Word Origin for Lammas

Old English hlāfmæsse loaf mass
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