[hwit-suh n-tahyd, wit-]

Origin of Whitsuntide

First recorded in 1175–1225, Whitsuntide is from the Middle English word whitsone(n)tide. See Whitsun, tide1
Also called Whit Week.
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Examples from the Web for whitsuntide

Historical Examples of whitsuntide

  • Austin had come down for Whitsuntide, and a lady was staying in the house.


    William J. Locke

  • It was Whitsuntide, a time of fear to the cultivated Londoner.


    John Galsworthy

  • Everybody used to wear something white at Whitsuntide in them days.

  • And I shall stay till after Whitsuntide unless I am turned out.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

  • William came home again with his sweetheart at the Whitsuntide.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for whitsuntide


  1. the week that begins with Whit Sunday, esp the first three days
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