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.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Halloween

/haləʊˈiːn/