[hwit-suhn-dey, -dee, wit-; hwit-suhn-dey, wit-]
the seventh Sunday after Easter, celebrated as a festival in commemoration of the descent of the holy spirit on the day of Pentecost.

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-)
(in Scotland) May 15, one of the four quarter days

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