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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)

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

British Dictionary definitions for Whitsunday (2 of 2)

Whitsunday
/ (ˌhwɪtˈsʌndɪ, ˌwɪt-) /

noun

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