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Whitsunday

[hwit-suhn-dey, -dee, wit-; hwit-suh n-dey, wit-] /ˈʰwɪtˈsʌn deɪ, -di, ˈwɪt-; ˈʰwɪt sənˌdeɪ, ˈwɪt-/
noun
1.
the seventh Sunday after Easter, celebrated as a festival in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English whitsonenday, Old English Hwīta Sunnandæg white Sunday; probably so called because the newly baptized wore white robes on that day
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Whitsunday

/ˌhwɪtˈsʌndɪ; ˌwɪt-/
noun
1.
(in Scotland) May 15, one of the four quarter days
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Word Origin and History for whit-sunday

Whitsunday

"Pentecost," late Old English Hwita Sunnandæg "white Sunday," possibly from the white baptismal robes worn by newly baptized Christians on this day.

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