Hal·​low·​een ˌha-lə-ˈwēn How to pronounce Halloween (audio) ˌhä- How to pronounce Halloween (audio)
variants or less commonly Hallowe'en
: October 31 observed especially with dressing up in disguise, trick-or-treating, and displaying jack-o'-lanterns during the evening

Examples of Halloween in a Sentence

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Word History


short for All Hallow Even (All Saints' Eve)

First Known Use

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Halloween was circa 1700

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“Halloween.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Halloween. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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Hal·​low·​een ˌhal-ə-ˈwēn How to pronounce Halloween (audio) ˌhäl- How to pronounce Halloween (audio)
: October 31 celebrated especially by wearing costumes, trick-or-treating, and displaying jack-o'-lanterns

an altered form of All Hallow Even, the eve of All Saints' Day

Word Origin
Modern-day Christians know the first of November as All Saints' Day. In the Middle Ages it was called All Hallow Day. This was a hallowed or holy day celebrated in honor of all the saints in heaven. Since November 1 was a special holy day with a special name, the day before it had a special name as well. October 31 was called All Hallow Eve or All Hallow Even. The words eve and even were used both for the evening and the day before a special day. This name was sometimes written All Hallow E'en and later shortened to Halloween.

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