Definition of Lammas in English:


(also Lammas Day)


  • The first day of August, formerly observed as harvest festival.

    • ‘Tara was surprised when Scott gladly accompanied her to a Lammas gathering in August.’
    • ‘These might take place on May Day, or Lammas or Hallowe'en on a traditional hill-site - often marked by an ancient and venerated tree on the summit.’
    • ‘The verdant smell of the leaves and wild grasses at Lammas unified my own life-force with the fecundity of the land.’
    • ‘The Conference, now considered by many to be a Glastonbury institution, is always held to coincide with Lammas, formerly observed as a harvest festival.’
    • ‘Since Lammas, the days have grown noticeably shorter, and night has fallen earlier with every passing day.’
    • ‘In 1613 Jenkin Conway was granted a patent to hold a fair in Killorglin on every Lammas Day and two days after.’
    • ‘Kieron asked his mother to buy him a bongo after seeing them played at the Lammas harvest gathering at the Avebury stone circles last August.’
    • ‘Celts held the festival of the Irish god Lugh at this time and later, the Anglo-Saxons marked the festival of hlaefmass, loaf mass or Lammas at this time.’
    • ‘August 1 is Lammas, which is a celebration of the first harvest, particularly of grain products.’
    • ‘And once we had a true feast in the little mill house, finer by far than I had ever had at the Priory, even at Lammas when the first harvest was brought in late Summer.’


Old English hlāfmæsse (see loaf, Mass), later interpreted as if it were from lamb + Mass.