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Whitsunday

[ hwit-suhn-dey, -dee, wit-; hwit-suhn-dey, wit- ]
/ ˈʰwɪtˈsʌn deɪ, -di, ˈwɪt-; ˈʰwɪt sənˌdeɪ, ˈwɪt- /
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noun

the seventh Sunday after Easter, celebrated as a festival in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

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Origin of Whitsunday

before 1100; Middle English whitsonenday,Old English Hwīta Sunnandæg white Sunday; probably so called because the newly baptized wore white robes on that day
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British Dictionary definitions for Whitsunday (1 of 2)

Whitsunday
/ (ˌhwɪtˈsʌndɪ, ˌwɪt-) /

noun

(in Scotland) May 15, one of the four quarter days

British Dictionary definitions for Whitsunday (2 of 2)

Whit Sunday

noun

the seventh Sunday after Easter, observed as a feast in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles 50 days after EasterAlso called: Pentecost

Word Origin for Whit Sunday

Old English hwīta sunnandæg white Sunday, probably named after the ancient custom of wearing white robes at or after baptism
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