Definition of Whitsunday in English:



  • another term for Pentecost (sense 1)
    • ‘‘I am to be crowned Whitsunday at Westminster,’ she said proudly.’
    • ‘Trouble started, in both Cornwall and Devon, when priests tried to introduce the new Prayer Book on Whitsunday.’
    • ‘Carlow holds its annual regatta on Whit Sunday June 7 with racing beginning at’
    • ‘Whitsuntide is the week after Whitsunday and the eighth week after Easter.’
    • ‘Early on Whit Sunday, 23 May, Marlborough's scouts found the French in a good position on open countryside behind the marshes of the Little Geet.’
    • ‘During their visit the French party took part in the Whit Sunday procession, chosen by the Mayor as Civic Sunday, after which both Mayors laid wreaths at the war memorial.’
    • ‘My, oh my, haven't we come a long way from the Whit Sunday Tournament in the Fitzgerald Stadium.’
    • ‘He told them to leave by Whitsunday, early next May.’
    • ‘These stained glass windows in the Saxon Abbey at Bath depict the crowning of King Edgar by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Oswald, Archbishop of York, in the church on Whit Sunday 973.’
    • ‘The Ensign Association picked Whit Sunday for the procession because many of the veterans are meeting up in France to mark the anniversary the following week.’
    • ‘The fact that 8 June was also Whit Sunday may or may not have been a coincidence; if not, it could have been conceived either as a challenge or as an olive branch to Christianity.’
    • ‘These days, the equivalent dates in Scotland are Martinmas, Candlemas, Whitsunday and Lammas.’
    • ‘The Whit Sunday parade will involve military organisations bearing their standards and begins with a service in St James' Church at 3pm, on May 30.’
    • ‘At the same time, there is something very appealing about this intimate and relaxed reading, which was recorded ‘live’ at a Whit Sunday concert at the Kloster Eberbach on May 19, 2002.’
    • ‘By nightfall of Whit Sunday, 12 May, seven panzer divisions stood on the east bank of the Meuse.’
    • ‘On Whitsunday all Kilton crowded behind us into the little chapel and saw the wooden statues wearing real mantles of bright wool for the day.’
    • ‘Edgar, first King of All England, was crowned on Whit Sunday by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the Saxon abbey on the site of the present Bath Abbey.’
    • ‘It would be very tame for today's children but to children in the 1940s treats and outings were a very rare event and Whit Sunday was a day of great enjoyment.’
    • ‘Henry joined her in Poitiers and they were married in the cathedral on Whit Sunday in a simple ceremony with none of the pomp and splendour that might have been expected.’
    • ‘The Act of Uniformity ordered the exclusive use of the new Book of Common Prayer from Whitsunday that year.’


Late Old English Hwīta Sunnandǣg, literally ‘white Sunday’, probably with reference to the white robes of those newly baptized at Pentecost.