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[hal-oh] /ˈhæl oʊ/
verb (used with object)
to make holy; sanctify; consecrate.
to honor as holy; consider sacred; venerate:
to hallow a battlefield.
Origin of hallow1
before 900; Middle English hal(o)wen, Old English hālgian (cognate with German heiligen, Old Norse helga), derivative of hālig holy
Related forms
hallower, noun


[huh-loh] /həˈloʊ/
interjection, noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for hallows
Historical Examples
  • He may think of One who hallows the common feast as well as the grave, who binds both worlds together.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
  • “Mrs. hallows was a woman of piety, improved by reading,” says one witness.

  • In some cases the charmer blesses or hallows cords or leather thongs which the patient wore tied round the neck.

  • After All hallows we 'll come back and hear the end of these great matters.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • It is sentiment which so hallows a bit of torn, stained bunting, that men go gladly to their deaths to save it.

    America First Various
  • But this availeth yet,” said he, “That hallows All our love may see.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • The despoilers of all that beautifies and hallows life had desecrated the altar, and denied the God!

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • That night at hallows Brig was the one time only Mr. Dane had word with me.

    The League of the Leopard Harold Bindloss
  • Nay, but by the hallows, this new-comer is the first one, and the one who chattered at me is the second.

  • All hallows' Church was repaired and beautified at the cost of the parishioners in 1625.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for hallows


verb (transitive)
to consecrate or set apart as being holy
to venerate as being holy
Derived Forms
hallower, noun
Word Origin
Old English hālgian, from hāligholy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hallows

in All-Hallows, a survival of hallow in the noun sense of "holy personage, saint," attested from Old English haligra but little used after c.1500. Hallowmas "All-saints" is first attested late 14c.



Old English halgian "to make holy, to honor as holy, consecrate, ordain," related to halig "holy," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Saxon helagon, Middle Dutch heligen, Old Norse helga), from PIE root *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (see health). Used in Christian translations to render Latin sanctificare. Also used since Old English as a noun meaning "holy person, saint." Related: Hallowed; hallowing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hallows in the Bible

to render sacred, to consecrate (Ex. 28:38; 29:1). This word is from the Saxon, and properly means "to make holy." The name of God is "hallowed", i.e., is reverenced as holy (Matt. 6:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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