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3 definitions found
 for Whitsunday
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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, in the
        primitive church, those who had been newly baptized
        appeared at church between Easter and Pentecost in white
        garments.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Scots Law) See the Note under Term, n., 12.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Whitsunday
      n 1: seventh Sunday after Easter; commemorates the emanation of
           the Holy Spirit to the Apostles; a quarter day in Scotland
           [syn: Pentecost, Whitsunday]

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