[hwit-suh n, wit-]
  1. Whitsunday or Whitsuntide.

Origin of Whitsun

1250–1300; Middle English Whitsone(n), shortening of whitsonenday (by analysis as whitsonen-day); see Whitsunday
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Historical Examples of whitsun

  • These few days of Austin's Whitsun visit had changed his cosmic view.


    William J. Locke

  • And at last rosy Whitsun Day, most comical of days, arrived.

  • So now you are going to be Whitsun King for a whole year, eh?

  • Well, Martin, it will be all up with your Whitsun Kingship immediately.

  • On Whitsun Eve in the morning, she had eight hours bitter torment.

British Dictionary definitions for whitsun


  1. short for Whitsuntide
  1. of or relating to Whit Sunday or Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for whitsun


late 13c., contraction of Whitsunday.

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