Definition of Halloween in English:

Halloween

(also Hallowe'en)

noun

  • The night of 31 October, the eve of All Saints' Day, often celebrated by children dressing up in frightening masks and costumes. Halloween is thought to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, when ghosts and spirits were believed to be abroad.

    • ‘Next week will be our first arts and crafts night, which will have a Hallowe'en theme.’
    • ‘Pensioners are reminded to join our campaign for a trouble-free Halloween.’
    • ‘With Halloween only a few days away, it seemed a good time to take a look at the art of eulogies.’
    • ‘Mr Voillat died after falling from the Royal Prince boat during a Hallowe'en party last October.’
    • ‘For every dumb teenager you see massacred, take two shots, and have a happy Halloween.’
    • ‘Feel free to recommend your favorite Poe story or poem - and have a Happy Hallowe'en.’
    • ‘Every Hallowe'en as part of Richmond upon Thames' heritage walks Norman leads a ghost tour around the town centre.’
    • ‘After Hallowe'en, staff discovered a large quantity of fireworks during inspections of lockers.’
    • ‘Some nice person wished me and my work colleagues a happy Hallowe'en yesterday.’
    • ‘At Halloween, the other kids would dress up in superhero costumes to go trick or treating.’
    • ‘Nowadays Hallowe'en comes second only to Christmas in a child's expectations.’
    • ‘For Halloween there is a competition for the local schools to make witches.’
    • ‘Mischief Night may originally have been associated with Hallowe'en itself.’
    • ‘For Halloween, the Max Bell Theatre will be home to the undead for a staging of Dracula.’
    • ‘This Halloween was beginning to change for the worst, and all because of Matthew.’
    • ‘By Hallowe'en, according to statistics going back to 1694, markets will rise.’
    • ‘Pumpkin lanterns are now as heavily associated with Hallowe'en as decorated fir trees are with Christmas.’
    • ‘On Halloween, friendly homeowners tossed large chocolate bars into our bags.’
    • ‘Satanists have adopted Halloween as one of their three main seasonal days of celebration.’
    • ‘At Hallowe'en I'd look vaguely spooky, and on Bonfire Night I'd have some papier mache excuse for a Guy.’

Origin

Late 18th century: contraction of All Hallow Even (see hallow, even).

Pronunciation

Halloween

/haləʊˈiːn/