Halloween

Halloween

[hal-uh-ween, -oh-een, hol-]
noun
the evening of October 31; the eve of All Saints' Day; Allhallows Eve: observed especially by children in costumes who solicit treats, often by threatening minor pranks.
Also, Hallowe'en.


Origin:
1550–60; (All)hallow(s) + e(v)en2

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Halloween or Hallowe'en (ˌhæləʊˈiːn)
 
n
the eve of All Saints' Day celebrated on Oct 31 by masquerading; Allhallows Eve
 
[C18: see Allhallows, even²]
 
Hallowe'en or Hallowe'en
 
n
 
[C18: see Allhallows, even²]

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Halloween
c.1745, Scottish shortening of Allhallow-even "Eve of All Saints, last night of October" (1556), the last night of the year in the old Celtic calendar, where it was Old Year's Night, a night for witches. Another pagan holiday given a cursory baptism and sent on its way. Hallowmas "All-saints" is first
attested 1389.
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