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Michaelmas

[mik-uh l-muh s] /ˈmɪk əl məs/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
a festival celebrated on September 29 in honor of the archangel Michael.
Also called Michaelmas Day.
Origin
1150
before 1150; Middle English Mighelmes; Old English (Sanct) Michaeles masse (St.) Michael's mass
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British Dictionary definitions for Michaelmas

Michaelmas

/ˈmɪkəlməs/
noun
1.
Sept 29, the feast of St Michael the archangel; in England, Ireland, and Wales, one of the four quarter days
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Word Origin and History for Michaelmas

early 12c., Sanct Micheles mæsse, the feast of St. Michael (Sept. 29, an English quarter-day), from Michael + mass (n.2). Goose is the day's traditional fare since at least 15c.

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Encyclopedia Article for Michaelmas

Christian feast of St. Michael the Archangel, celebrated in the Western churches on September 29 and in the Eastern (Orthodox) Church on November 8. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is the Feast of SS. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels; in the Anglican Church, its proper name is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels.

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