Walpurgis Night
noun Etymology: part translation of German Walpurgisnacht, from Walpurgis Saint Walburga died A.D. 779 English saint whose feast day falls on May Day + German Nacht night Date: 1823 1. the eve of May Day on which witches are held to ride to an appointed rendezvous 2. something (as an event or situation) having a nightmarish quality

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  • Walpurgis night — 1822, from Ger. Walpurgisnacht, witches revel, especially on Brocken, on May day eve, lit. the night of (St.) Walpurgis, from Walburga, English abbess who migrated to Heidenheim, Germany, and died there c.780; May 1 being the day of the removal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Walpurgis Night — [väl poor′gis näkht΄] n. [after St. Walpurgis, Eng missionary in Germany (8th c.): her day is April 30] April 30, the eve of May Day, when witches supposedly gathered on Brocken mountain for a demonic orgy: also also [Ger] Walpurgisnacht [väl… …   English World dictionary

  • Walpurgis Night — This article is about the Spring folk festival. For George Balanchine s 1975 ballet, see Walpurgisnacht Ballet. For the album by Stormwitch, see Walpurgis Night (album). For the anime related witch, see Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Walpurgis Night… …   Wikipedia

  • Walpurgis Night — Значимость предмета статьи поставлена под сомнение. Пожалуйста, покажите в статье значимость её предмета, добавив в неё доказательства значимости по частным критериям значимости или, в случае если частные критерии значимости для… …   Википедия

  • Walpurgis Night — (esp. in medieval German folklore) the evening preceding the feast day of St. Walpurgis, when witches congregated, esp. on the Brocken. German, Walpurgisnacht /vahl poordd gis nahkht /. * * * Night before May 1. The name comes from the 8th… …   Universalium

  • Walpurgis Night — Wal•pur′gis Night′ [[t]vɑlˈpʊər gɪs[/t]] n. myt (in German folklore and literature) the evening preceding the 1st of May, when a witches Sabbath was held on the Brocken German, Wal•pur•gis•nacht [[t]vɑlˈpʊr gɪsˌnɑxt[/t]] Etymology: after St.… …   From formal English to slang

  • Walpurgis Night — n. the eve of 1 May when witches are alleged to meet on the Brocken mountain in Germany and hold revels with the Devil. Etymology: G Walpurgisnacht f. Walpurgis genit. of Walpurga Engl. woman saint (8th c.) + Nacht NIGHT …   Useful english dictionary

  • Walpurgis Night — /valˈpɜgəs naɪt/ (say vahl perguhs nuyt) noun the evening preceding the first of May, the feast day of St Walpurgis (an English missionary and abbess in Germany, who died about AD 780), on which, according to German popular superstition, witches… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Walpurgis night — noun Walpurgisnacht ( Walpurgas night ), a feast of witchcraft in German folklore; any orgiastic or bacchanalian party …   Wiktionary

  • Walpurgis Night —  (or Walpurgisnacht)  The night of April 30, when witches were once thought to gather …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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