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 samhain
Historical Examples of samhain
It was on the week before Samhain that the Fomor landed upon Ireland.
Ireland has a literature of Hallowe'en, or "Samhain," as it used to be called.
Child: It is a pity daddy to be away at the fair on a Samhain night.
Mother: I must make my feast all the same, for Samhain night is more to me than to any other one.
Anyway, I was driven out a Samhain day like this, because of some things that were said against me.
- 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.