Childermas day

Childermas day
Childermas day Chil"dermas day` [AS. cildam[ae]sse-d[ae]g; cild child +d[ae]g day.] (Eccl.) A day (December 28) observed by mass or festival in commemoration of the children slain by Herod at Bethlehem; -- called also {Holy Innocent's Day}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • childermas-day —  Innocents day. North …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • Childermas — [chil′dər məs] n. [ME childermasse < OE cildramæsse < cildra, of infants (see CHILD) + mæsse, MASS1] former name for HOLY INNOCENTS DAY …   English World dictionary

  • Childermas — noun a day to commemorate the killing of the Holy Innocents. Variously held on 28th December in the Western Church and 29th December in the Eastern Church. In Spanish speaking countries this is often a prank filled day like April Fools Day. Syn:… …   Wiktionary

  • Childermas — /chil deuhr meuhs/, n. Chiefly Brit. See Holy Innocents Day. [bef. 1000; ME chyldermasse, equiv. to OE cildra (gen. pl. of cild CHILD) + maesse MASS] * * * …   Universalium

  • Childermas — Festival of the Holy Innocents, 28 December, which commemorated Herod s slaughter of the children. [< OldEngl. cildamassedag < cild = child + masse = mass + dag = day] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Childermas —    The old English popular name for Holy Innocents Day (which see) …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Childermas — n. religious holiday of Holy Innocents Day …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Childermas — /ˈtʃɪldəmæs/ (say childuhmas) noun Holy Innocents Day, a Christian religious observance celebrated on December 28. {Middle English, Old English cylda mæsse children s mass} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Childermas —    see *Holy Innocents Day …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Childermas — Holy Innocents Day, December twenty eighth …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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