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[sah-win] /ˈsɑ wɪn/
a festival of the ancient Celts, held around November 1 to celebrate the beginning of winter.
Also, Samain, samh'in
[sah-win] /ˈsɑ wɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Samhain
1885-90; < Irish; Old Irish samain Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Samhain


/ˈsɑːwɪn; ˈsaʊeɪn; ˈsaʊɪn/
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
Word Origin
from Irish, from Old Irish samain
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Contemporary definitions for Samhain

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's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for Samhain

1888, from Irish samhain (Gaelic samhuinn), from Old Irish samain, literally "summer's end," from Old Irish sam "summer" (see summer (n.1)) + fuin "end." Nov. 1, the Celtic festival of the start of winter and of the new year.

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