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Lammas Syllabification: Lam·mas
Pronunciation: /ˈlaməs/
(also Lammas Day)

Definition of Lammas in English:


The first day of August, formerly observed in Britain as a harvest festival, during which bread baked from the first crop of wheat was blessed.
Example sentences
  • Tara was surprised when Scott gladly accompanied her to a Lammas gathering in August.
  • Since Lammas, the days have grown noticeably shorter, and night has fallen earlier with every passing day.
  • The Conference, now considered by many to be a Glastonbury institution, is always held to coincide with Lammas, formerly observed as a harvest festival.


Old English hlāfmæsse (see loaf1, Mass), later interpreted as if it were from lamb + Mass.

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