Definition of Whit Sunday in English:

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Whit Sunday

Pronunciation: /wɪt ˈsʌndeɪ/
(US Whitsunday)


The seventh Sunday after Easter, a Christian festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2). Also called Pentecost.
Example sentences
  • These days, the equivalent dates in Scotland are Martinmas, Candlemas, Whitsunday and Lammas.
  • On Whitsunday all Kilton crowded behind us into the little chapel and saw the wooden statues wearing real mantles of bright wool for the day.
  • Trouble started, in both Cornwall and Devon, when priests tried to introduce the new Prayer Book on Whitsunday.


Late Old English Hwīta Sunnandǣg, literally 'white Sunday', probably with reference to the white robes of those newly baptized at Pentecost.

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