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Halloween

Line breaks: Hal¦low|een
Pronunciation: /haləʊˈiːn
 
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(also Hallowe'en)

Definition of Halloween in English:

noun

The night of 31 October, the eve of All Saints' Day, often celebrated by children dressing up in frightening masks and costumes. Halloween is thought to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, when ghosts and spirits were believed to be abroad.
Example sentences
  • Mr Voillat died after falling from the Royal Prince boat during a Hallowe'en party last October.
  • At Hallowe'en I'd look vaguely spooky, and on Bonfire Night I'd have some papier mache excuse for a Guy.
  • Mischief Night may originally have been associated with Hallowe'en itself.

Origin

late 18th century: contraction of All Hallow Even (see hallow, even2).

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