Definition of Halloween in English:

Halloween

(also Hallowe'en)

noun

  • The night of October 31, the eve of All Saints' Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

Halloween

/ˌhaləˈwēn/