Simple Definition of hallowed
: holy or blessed
: highly respected
Examples of hallowed in a sentence
The church stands on hallowed ground.
<the college's hallowed tradition of ringing the chapel bell one hundred times before commencement ceremonies>
Did You Know?
The adjective hallowed probably doesn't give you the shivers-or does it? Hallowed is the past participle of the verb hallow, a term that descends from the Middle English halowen. That word can in turn be traced back to hālig, Old English for "holy." During the Middle Ages, All Hallows' Day was the name for what Christians now call All Saints' Day, and the evening that preceded All Hallows' Day was All Hallow Even-or, as we know it today, Halloween.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of hallowed
before 12th century
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