Whitsuntide

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Whitsuntide Christian holiday; the week beginning on Whitsunday (especially the first 3 days)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whitsuntide The week commencing with Whitsunday, esp. the first three days -- Whitsunday, Whitsun Monday, and Whitsun Tuesday; the time of Pentecost.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Whitsuntide The season of Pentecost, comprehending the entire week which follows Pentecost Sunday. In the Church of England Whitsunday was appointed in 1549 as the day on which the reformed Book of Common Prayer was to be used for the first time. Whitsuntide, along with Easter, was one of the two great seasons for baptism in the ancient church, and received the name of White Sun-day (Dominica Alba) from the albs or white robes of the newly baptized, as Low Sunday was also called Alb-Sunday (Dominica post Albas or in Albis depositis). See Pentecost.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whitsuntide the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the day of Pentecost, when the converts in the primitive Church wore white robes: in Scotland, one of the term-days (May 15) on which rents, annuities, &c. are payable, the Whitsunday removal terms in towns being fixed as May 28
    • Whitsuntide the season of Pentecost, comprising the week following Pentecost Sunday
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Whitsunday, + tide,

Usage

In literature:

In vain she attempted to cheer her spirits with the revived ceremonials of Whitsuntide.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
She had not been there since the Whitsuntide recess.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Did we not agree for Easter or Whitsuntide?
"Bristol Bells" by Emma Marshall
You may keep me company an' you will, if I be good enough to trudge alongside so fine a Whitsuntide show as you are.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
She has asked me down to Bray the day after to-morrow for Whitsuntide.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
That sun rose broad on Whitsuntide.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
And that was at Whitsuntide.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
How unlike the day on which they had started for the gun-practice at Whitsuntide!
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Uncle Giles, according to his own account, was sixty-four last Whitsuntide, and was consequently born in Africa.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker
For it had happened that during a feast of Whitsuntide Lancelot du Lake left Arthur's court at Camelot and rode afar in search of adventures.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
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In poetry:

When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin,
To honour Whitsuntide.
"Ceremonies For Candlemas Eve" by Robert Herrick
From Whitsuntide to Whitsuntide––
That is to say, all through the year––
Her patient pen was occupied
With songs and tales of pleasant cheer.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
Let day gently glide this Whitsuntide,
With haloing rays full-flashing!
The hours pleasing God as past they slide,
As meadowland stream soft-plashing,
So joyously now the last one winds,
Up under the lime trees splashing!
"“The bright blessed day with joy we see”" by Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig
As long as we see the golden day,
And woods are the Danes’ own bowers,
We’ll deck every pew with sprigs of may
And forefathers’ graves with flowers
A wonderful feast of life and joy,
A Whitsuntide gift that’s ours!
"“The bright blessed day with joy we see”" by Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig