michaelmas day

Michaelmas

[mik-uhl-muhs]
noun Chiefly British.
a festival celebrated on September 29 in honor of the archangel Michael.
Also called Michaelmas Day.


Origin:
before 1150; Middle English Mighelmes; Old English (Sanct) Michaeles masse (St.) Michael's mass

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Michaelmas (ˈmɪkəlməs)
 
n
Sept 29, the feast of St Michael the archangel; in England, Ireland, and Wales, one of the four quarter days

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