- to make holy; sanctify; consecrate.
- to honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate: to hallow a battlefield.
Origin of hallow1
Examples from the Web for hallows
“Mrs. Hallows was a woman of piety, improved by reading,” says one witness.The Essays of "George Eliot"
After All Hallows we 'll come back and hear the end of these great matters.Long Will
But this availeth yet,” said he, “That Hallows All our love may see.Poems by the Way
That night at Hallows Brig was the one time only Mr. Dane had word with me.The League of the Leopard
All Hallows' Church was repaired and beautified at the cost of the parishioners in 1625.Old and New London
- to consecrate or set apart as being holy
- to venerate as being holy
Word Origin and History for hallows
in All-Hallows, a survival of hallow in the noun sense of "holy personage, saint," attested from Old English haligra but little used after c.1500. Hallowmas "All-saints" is first attested late 14c.
Old English halgian "to make holy, to honor as holy, consecrate, ordain," related to halig "holy," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Saxon helagon, Middle Dutch heligen, Old Norse helga), from PIE root *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (see health). Used in Christian translations to render Latin sanctificare. Also used since Old English as a noun meaning "holy person, saint." Related: Hallowed; hallowing.