[mik-uh l-muh s]
- a festival celebrated on September 29 in honor of the archangel Michael.
Origin of Michaelmas
before 1150; Middle English Mighelmes; Old English (Sanct) Michaeles masse (St.) Michael's mass
Also called Michaelmas Day.
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Examples from the Web for michaelmas
He married Aldonza at Michaelmas, and all went well and peacefully in the household.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
This doctrine I have drawn out in my Sermon for Michaelmas day, written in 1831.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
At one of the Michaelmas Trysts of Falkirk he sold 1500 cattle.
The price of cattle had fallen very much after the Michaelmas Tryst.
About Michaelmas they retire and are seen no more till March.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2
- Sept 29, the feast of St Michael the archangel; in England, Ireland, and Wales, one of the four quarter days
Word Origin and History for michaelmas
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