Definition of Whitsun in English:

Whitsun

noun

  • Whitsuntide.

    • ‘Whitsun was the time for walks and processions.’
    • ‘Almost the whole village turned out for the annual Whitsun Walk.’
    • ‘From his window there he was able to paint the Londoners who had come down to enjoy Whitsun at Kew Gardens in Bank Holiday at Kew.’
    • ‘At Whitsun 1307 Edward summoned his last invasion.’
    • ‘Have a fun Whitsun at Crystal.’
    • ‘I won't be parading this Monday either, the second day of Whitsun, but - since I don't work on Friday - it does mean I have a four-day, totally unplanned break coming up.’
    • ‘In Saxon and Norman times, a good deal of public business was done at crown-wearings, ceremonial occasions at Christmas, Easter, and Whitsun.’
    • ‘For many years after the Marlborough carnival week was revived in the early 1970s it was held at Whitsun with the procession on the Saturday at the end of half-term week.’
    • ‘According to John, what most people see is Cotswold Morris, which is traditionally performed at Whitsun.’
    • ‘In recent times Whitsun has been somewhat been shouldered aside by the secular Spring Bank Holiday.’
    • ‘As a result of the general flaunting of the policy [to ban swimming] there have been a number of near fatalities in the lake with three incidents requiring hospital treatment in the week around Whitsun.’
    • ‘Reunion was always traditionally held at Whitsun so, anyone interested, please keep your diaries free for the end of May Bank Holiday Monday and let's make it another success.’
    • ‘A brochure for 2005 will be distributed before Whitsun, and will include events.’
    • ‘This Whitsun, its all about goals with FITC Striker Courses going on the road to a venue near you.’
    • ‘Should we have stuck to the Whitsun holiday?’
    • ‘Pentecost is also called Whitsun, Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday, especially in the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘In a fever of modernisation 30 years ago, this long weekend's place in the calendar was in any case divorced from Whitsun, which was the original excuse.’
    • ‘The reunion will be held at Whitsun which was the original Founder's Day.’
    • ‘Oak-Apple Day at Great Wishford can be traced back to 1603 and was originally celebrated at Whitsun.’

Origin

Middle English: from Whitsunday, reduced as if from Whitsun Day.

Pronunciation

Whitsun

/ˈ(h)wɪtsən//ˈ(h)witsən/