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ˈʰwɪt sən, ˈwɪt-whit·sun

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Whitsun, Whitsuntide, Whitweeknoun

    Christian holiday; the week beginning on Whitsunday (especially the first 3 days)


  1. Whitsunnoun


  2. Whitsunnoun

    The holiday beginning on Whitsunday

  3. Whitsunadjective

    Of, or relating to Whitsunday or Whitsuntide


  1. Whitsun

    Whitsun (also Whitsunday or Whit Sunday) is the name used in Britain, and other countries among Anglicans and Methodists, for the Christian High Holy Day of Pentecost. It is the seventh Sunday after Easter, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ's disciples (as described in Acts 2). In England it took on some characteristics of Beltane, which originated from the pagan celebration of Summer's Day, the beginning of the summer half-year, in Europe. Whitsuntide, the week following Whitsunday, was one of three holiday weeks for the medieval villein; on most manors he was free from service on the lord's demesne this week, which marked a pause in the agricultural year. Whit Monday, the day after Whitsun, remained a holiday in Britain until 1971 when, with effect from 1972, it was replaced with the Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May. Whit was the occasion for varied forms of celebration. In the North West of England, church and chapel parades called whit walks still take place at this time (sometimes on Whit Friday, the Friday after Whitsun). Typically, the parades include brass bands and choirs; girls attending are dressed in white. Traditionally, Whit fairs (sometimes called Whitsun ales) took place. Other customs, such as Morris dancing, were associated with Whitsun, although in most cases they have been transferred to the Spring bank holiday. Whaddon, Cambridgeshire has its own Whitsun tradition of singing a unique song around the village before and on Whit Sunday itself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whitsunadjective

    of, pertaining to, or observed at, Whitsuntide; as, Whitsun week; Whitsun Tuesday; Whitsun pastorals

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whitsun

    hwit′sun, adj. pertaining to, or observed at, Whitsuntide.—ns. Whit′sun-ale, a festival formerly held at Whitsuntide; Whit′sunday, Whit′suntide, the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the day of Pentecost, when the converts in the primitive Church wore white robes: in Scotland, one of the term-days (May 15) on which rents, annuities, &c. are payable, the Whitsunday removal terms in towns being fixed as May 28; Whit′suntide, the season of Pentecost, comprising the week following Pentecost Sunday; Whit′sun-week, the week beginning with Whitsunday.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whitsun in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whitsun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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