Samain

[ sah-win ]
/ ˈsɑ wɪn /

noun

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Samhain

or Sa·main, sa·mh'in

[ sah-win ]
/ ˈsɑ wɪn /

noun

a festival of the ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.

Origin of Samhain

1885–90; < Irish; Old Irish samain
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Example sentences from the Web for samain

  • This other Samain, older and not less genuine, is revealed in parts of his collection called Evocations.

    The Book of Masks|Remy de Gourmont

British Dictionary definitions for samain

Samhain
/ (ˈsɑːwɪn, ˈsaʊeɪn, ˈsaʊɪn) /

noun

an ancient Celtic festival held on Nov 1 to mark the beginning of winter and the beginning of a new year. It is also celebrated by modern pagans

Word Origin for Samhain

from Irish, from Old Irish samain
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