Samhain

Samhain

[sah-win]
noun
a festival of the ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
Also, Samain, samh'in [sah-win] .


Origin:
1885–90; < Irish; Old Irish samain

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Samhain (ˈsɑːwɪn, ˈsaʊeɪn, ˈsaʊɪn)
 
n
an ancient Celtic festival held on Nov 1 to mark the beginning of winter and the beginning of a new year. It is also celebrated by modern pagans
 
[from Irish, from Old Irish samain]

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Main Entry:  Samhain1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the first day of November, marking the beginning of winter and a new year for ancient Celts
Etymology:  Irish
Main Entry:  Samhain2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  October 31, Halloween; a day of celebration for Wiccans and other pagans; also called November Eve, Hallowe'en, Feast of Souls, Feast of the Dead
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Samhain
1888, from Ir. samhain (Gaelic Samhuinn), from O.Ir. samain, lit. "summer's end," from O.Ir. sam "summer" (see summer) + fuin "end." Nov. 1, the Celtic festival of the start of winter and of the new year.
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