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Whitsun

[hwit-suh n, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt sən, ˈwɪt-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Whitsunday or Whitsuntide.
noun
2.
Whitsunday or Whitsuntide.
Origin of Whitsun
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English Whitsone(n), shortening of whitsonenday (by analysis as whitsonen-day); see Whitsunday
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  • Then, after a brief and discursive debate on the occasion of the adjournment, the House adjourned for the Whitsun recess.

  • Well, Martin, it will be all up with your Whitsun Kingship immediately.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Prominent amongst all the youths stood the Whitsun King of the year before.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • And at last rosy Whitsun Day, most comical of days, arrived.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • On the north wall of the nave in Cirencester Church is a representation of the ancient custom of Whitsun ale.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • For the children's intrusions are not quite the only cloud in Talbot's Whitsun sky.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • These few days of Austin's Whitsun visit had changed his cosmic view.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The Whitsun King was in the centre group; now and then he snapped his fingers, but as yet he had not moved his whip.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • It's Whitsun Eve, and nobody has rung the vesper bell—that's very strange.

    Master Olof August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for Whitsun

Whitsun

/ˈwɪtsən/
noun
1.
short for Whitsuntide
adjective
2.
of or relating to Whit Sunday or Whitsuntide
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Word Origin and History for Whitsun

late 13c., contraction of Whitsunday.

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