Definition of Whitsuntide in English:

Whitsuntide

noun

  • The weekend or week including Whit Sunday.

    • ‘Three Christian holidays that have become prominent in Latvian culture are Christmas, Easter (late March or early April), and Whitsuntide (the week of Pentecost in May).’
    • ‘There used to be in England an established pattern whereby geese were fattened and eaten twice a year, at Michaelmas when they were plump from eating stubble, and as ‘green’ geese around Whitsuntide.’
    • ‘National religious festivals, especially Christmas, Easter, and Whitsuntide, also survived erosion from the apostles of economic rationality, order, and propriety between the late 18th and mid-19th cents.’
    • ‘The novel is divided first into portentous segments of the liturgical year (imagine advancing panels featuring Lent, Whitsuntide and Septuagesima).’
    • ‘And as they followed the Salvation Army Band, memories came flooding back of when walking days were an annual Whitsuntide treat and not just a nostalgic event.’
    • ‘The extended stoppage of spinners at Whitsuntide added to their fears.’
    • ‘In 1583, the Stratford officials contributed to a performance given at Whitsuntide by local amateurs and organized by one Davy Jones.’
    • ‘They are probably about to start on their annual Whitsuntide walk around the district, to be followed by tea and games.’
    • ‘And since seven Sundays had passed since Easter, it was now Whitsuntide, the greatest festival of the Church next to Easter itself, and so it must be celebrated, sorrow or no.’
    • ‘It was also important as the site of the annual Bay Fair held every Whitsuntide, the village stocks, and meeting place for local hunts.’
    • ‘These men have now been working short time, i.e., five days a week for eight months, in addition to being laid off at Whitsuntide and the August races.’
    • ‘Efforts are being made to revive the once tremendously popular Whitsuntide galas at Peel Park, Bradford, after a lapse of 17 years.’
    • ‘Many homes are decorated with birch branches for Whitsuntide.’
    • ‘The films showing gala and Whitsuntide processions through the town were said to be in the possession of Odeon chief projectionist Albert Rennison.’
    • ‘It was part of the traditional celebration of Christmas, New Year, Easter and Whitsuntide.’
    • ‘For instance every Whitsuntide people gather at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire and for some perverse reason hurl themselves down a slope clutching an 8lb Double Gloucester cheese.’
    • ‘The house was one of the focal points of the Whitsuntide Catholic pilgrimage to York, and local Catholics were anxious to restore the house.’
    • ‘See how well-dressed crowds clutched umbrellas and packed a barge for a Whitsuntide trip with Change Bridge in the background.’
    • ‘The recently formed St Lucia Power Boat Association is scheduled to stage a Caribbean Event over the Whitsuntide weekend, involving over 300 competitors.’
    • ‘She said she was always happy to return to York and would be back at Whitsuntide to visit her old school, The Mount.’

Pronunciation

Whitsuntide

/ˈwɪts(ə)ntʌɪd/