- (especially in medieval German folklore) the evening preceding the feast day of St. Walpurgis, when witches congregated, especially on the Brocken.
Examples from the Web for walpurgisnacht
Osama bin Laden died on Walpurgisnacht, the night of black sabbaths and bonfires.Salman Rushdie: Pakistan's Deadly Game
May 2, 2011
Gretchen's garden, even the Walpurgisnacht, was in truth more classical.Egotism in German Philosophy
Eugene declared that he believed it was a celebration of "Walpurgisnacht," and certainly appearances favored such a fancy.Black Spirits and White
Ralph Adams Cram
You want something, whether new or old, for the Friday: would the 'Walpurgisnacht' do for it?The History of Mendelssohn's Oratorio "Elijah"
Frederick George Edwards
You remember the other Walpurgisnacht—that on the Blocksberg—which I described before.The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'
H. B. Cotterill
- the eve of May 1, believed in German folklore to be the night of a witches' sabbath on the Brocken, in the Harz Mountains
Word Origin and History for walpurgisnacht
1822, from German Walpurgisnacht, witches' revel, especially on Brocken, on May-day eve, literally "the night of (St.) Walpurgis," from Walburga, English abbess who migrated to Heidenheim, Germany, and died there c.780; May 1 being the day of the removal of her bones from Heidenheim to Eichstädt.