• WordNet 3.6
    • n Lammas commemorates Saint Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison; a quarter day in Scotland; a harvest festival in England
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lammas The first day of August; -- called also Lammas day, and Lammastide.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Lammas Originally, in England, the festival of the wheat-harvest, observed on the 1st of August, corresponding to the 12th in the modern calendar. It is supposed to have taken its name from the practice of offering first-fruits at the service of the mass on that day, in the form of loaves of bread. The festival was a continuation of a similar one from pagan times. Some have supposed, erroneously, that the name has some connection with the word lamb.
    • n Lammas In Great Britain, the 1st of August as a date, which in Scotland is a quarter-day and in England a half-quarter-day. The prevalence of this use, both in ancient and modern times, has to a great extent obscured the original significance of the word. Also called Lammas-day.
    • n Lammas The church festival of St. Peter's Chains, or St. Peter in the Fetters, observed on August 1st in memory of St. Peter's imprisonment and miraculous deliverance (Acts xii. 4–10).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lammas lam′as the feast of first-fruits on 1st August
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hlāmmesse, hlāfmæsse, loaf mass, bread feast, or feast of first fruits; hlāf, loaf + mæsse, mass. See Loaf, and Mass religious service
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hláf-mæsse and hlammæssehláf, loaf, mæsse, feast.


In literature:

It was at the ford of the Clachlands Water in a tempestuous August, that I, an idle boy, first learned the hardships of the Lammas droving.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
And after this, on the morning after Lammas Day, King William was shot.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
In the church of Saint Lazarus of the Knights, on Lammas Day, the son of Richard and Jehane was made a Christian by the Abbot of Poictiers.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
I sent to Mr. Gibson, Cadell's project for Lammas, which raises L15,000 for a dividend of 3s.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
The Annals of the Lord Jesus Christ, the year this Life of St. Patrick was written, 1477; and to-morrow will be Lammas Night.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
At Coventry, in what are called Lammas Lands, the allowance is two horses and one cow.
"The Customs of Old England" by F. J. Snell
Miss Lammas eyed me critically.
"The Upper Berth" by Francis Marion Crawford
I found a man with a dirk at his hip sitting before the Lord's table last Lammas!
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Afore the Lammas tide, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Lammas is the second of August.
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt

In poetry:

The “Snowdrop” sank at Lammas tide,
All under the yeasty spray;
On Christmas Eve the brig “Content”
Was also cast away.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
It fell about the Lammas tide,
When the muir-men win their hay,
The doughty Douglas bound him to ride
Into England, to drive a prey.
"Battle Of Otterbourne" by Anonymous British
It feel about the Lammas tide,
When the muir-men win their hay,
The doughty Douglas bound him to ride
Into England, to drive a prey.
"The Battle Of Otterburn" by Anonymous British

In news:

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Survivors accompanied by rescuers are taken onto shore early Tuesday after a chartered boat collided with a ferry and sank off Lamma Island near Hong Kong.
The tragic boat collision that killed 38 people has rocked the island community of Lamma.