EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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.
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Lammas, you obtain fourteen thousand years' pardon. British Dictionary definitions for lammas noun 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
hlāfmæsse loaf mass
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Word Origin and History for lammas n.
Aug. 1 harvest festival with consecration of loaves, Old English
hlafmæsse, literally "loaf mass," from hlaf (see loaf (n.)) + mæsse (see mass (n.2)). Altered by influence of lamb (and occasionally spelled lamb- in 16c.-17c.).
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