Definition of Beltane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeltān/


An ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day.
Example sentences
  • Traditionally it is the Celtic festival of Beltane and the pagan festival celebrating the first spring planting, only in recent times has it evolved into a day of political and social protests.
  • This makes the crucial link between the festival of May Day, the Beltane festival of fertility.
  • This was celebrated by the festival of Beltane (commonly called May Day, now).


Late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic bealltainn.

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Syllabification: Bel·tane

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