Pentecost Pen"te*cost, n. [L. pentecoste, Gr. ? (sc. ?) the fiftieth day, Pentecost, fr. ? fiftieth, fr. ? fifty, fr. ? five. See {Five}, and cf. {Pingster}.] 1. A solemn festival of the Jews; -- so called because celebrated on the fiftieth day (seven weeks) after the second day of the Passover (which fell on the sixteenth of the Jewish month Nisan); -- hence called, also, the {Feast of Weeks}. At this festival an offering of the first fruits of the harvest was made. By the Jews it was generally regarded as commemorative of the gift of the law on the fiftieth day after the departure from Egypt. [1913 Webster]

2. A festival of the Roman Catholic and other churches in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles; which occurred on the day of Pentecost; -- called also {Whitsunday}. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Whitsunday — Whit sun*day, n. [White + Sunday.] 1. (Eccl.) The seventh Sunday, and the fiftieth day, after Easter; a festival of the church in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; Pentecost; so called, it is said, because,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whitsunday — • A feast which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Whitsunday — See quarter day. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001 …   Law dictionary

  • Whitsunday — Pentecost, late O.E. Hwita Sunnandæg white Sunday, possibly from the white baptismal robes worn by newly baptized Christians on this day …   Etymology dictionary

  • Whitsunday — [hwit′sun′dā, wit′sun′dā; hwit′sun′dē, wit′sun′dē; hwit′sən dā΄, wit′sən dā΄] n. [ME whitsondei < OE Hwita Sunnandæg, lit., white Sunday: prob. from the white garments of candidates for baptism] PENTECOST (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Whitsunday — The term Whitsunday may refer toDays: * The Sunday of the feast of Whitsun or Pentecost in the Christian liturgical year, observed 7 weeks after Easter * The second Sunday of Easter (Octave of Easter, White Sunday or Whit Sunday) or Quasimodo… …   Wikipedia

  • Whitsunday — Admin ASC 2 Code Orig. name Whitsunday Country and Admin Code AU.04.37340 AU …   World countries Adminstrative division ASC I-II

  • Whitsunday — noun Etymology: Middle English Whitsonday, from Old English hwīta sunnandæg, literally, white Sunday; probably from the custom of wearing white robes by those newly baptized at this season Date: 12th century Pentecost 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Whitsunday — /hwit sun day, dee, wit ; hwit seuhn day , wit /, n. the seventh Sunday after Easter, celebrated as a festival in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. [bef. 1100; ME whitsonenday, OE Hwita Sunnandaeg white… …   Universalium

  • Whitsunday — noun a) The Sunday of the feast of Pentecost, seven weeks after Easter, when traditionally many Christians would be baptised, wearing white clothes b) A quarter day, falling on 15th May …   Wiktionary