Halloween
also Hallowe'en noun Etymology: short for All Hallow Even (All Saints' Eve) Date: circa 1700 October 31 observed especially with dressing up in disguise, trick-or-treating, and displaying jack-o'-lanterns during the evening

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  • halloween — [ alɔwin ] n. f. • mil. XXe; mot angl. (1556), abrév. de All Hallow Even « veille de la Toussaint » ♦ Anglic. Au Canada et aux États Unis, Fête annuelle (31 octobre), comparable à la mi carême, à l occasion de laquelle les enfants masqués et… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Halloween — es una fiesta que se celebra en gran parte del mundo occidental la noche del 31 de octubre, víspera del Día de Todos Los Santos (1 de noviembre). Sus orígenes se remontan a los celtas, y la fiesta fue exportada a los Estados Unidos por los… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Halloween — [Wichtig (Rating 3200 5600)] Bsp.: • Halloween ist am 31. Oktober …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Halloween — Hal low*een (h[a^]l l[ o]*[=e]n ), n. The evening preceding Allhallows or All Saints Day (November 1); also the entire day, October 31. It is often marked by parties or celebrations, and sometimes by pranks played by young people. [Scot.] Burns.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Halloween — • Celebrated on the first of November. Instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful s celebration of saints feasts during the year Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Halloween — c.1745, Scottish shortening of Allhallow even Eve of All Saints, last night of October (1550s), the last night of the year in the old Celtic calendar, where it was Old Year s Night, a night for witches. A pagan holiday given a cursory baptism and …   Etymology dictionary

  • Halloween — (also Hallowe en) ► NOUN ▪ the night of 31 October, the eve of All Saints Day. ORIGIN contraction of All Hallow Even (see HALLOW(Cf. ↑hallow), EVEN(Cf. ↑evenness)) …   English terms dictionary

  • Halloween — [hal΄ə wēn′, häl΄ə wēn′] n. [contr. < all hallow even (see ALLHALLOWS); hallow < OE halga, definite form of halig (see HOLY) in sense “holy person, hence saint”] the day or, esp., the evening of Oct. 31, now generally celebrated by… …   English World dictionary

  • Halloween — This article is about the holiday. For other uses, see Halloween (disambiguation). Halloween All Hallows Eve …   Wikipedia

  • halloween — 1. (Halloween) (14563↑, 5905↓) An annual excuse for girls to dress like sluts and get away with it. Girl 1: I m going to be a for Halloween. Girl 2: What s your costume look like? Girl 1: I m wearing my underwear and bra and heels. Author: mb… …   Urban English dictionary

  • Halloween — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Halloween (homonymie). Halloween Jack o lantern, personnage embl …   Wikipédia en Français

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