or Sa·main, sa·mh'in
- a festival of the ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
Origin of Samhain
Examples from the Web for samain
Historical Examples of 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
- 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
1888, from Irish samhain (Gaelic samhuinn), from Old Irish samain, literally "summer's end," from Old Irish sam "summer" (see summer (n.1)) + fuin "end." Nov. 1, the Celtic festival of the start of winter and of the new year.