Candlemas

noun
Can·​dle·​mas | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-məs How to pronounce Candlemas (audio) \

Definition of Candlemas

: February 2 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary

First Known Use of Candlemas

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Candlemas

Middle English candelmasse, from Old English candelmæsse, from candel + mæsse mass, feast; from the candles blessed and carried in celebration of the feast

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“Candlemas.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Candlemas. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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