Halloween

noun
Hal·​low·​een | \ ˌha-lə-ˈwēn How to pronounce Halloween (audio) , ˌhä- How to pronounce Halloween (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Hallowe'en

Definition of Halloween

: October 31 observed especially with dressing up in disguise, trick-or-treating, and displaying jack-o'-lanterns during the evening

First Known Use of Halloween

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Halloween

short for All Hallow Even (All Saints' Eve)

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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 28 Mar. 2020.

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Halloween

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English Language Learners Definition of Halloween

: the night of October 31 when children dress up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc., and go to houses to ask for candy

Halloween

noun
Hal·​low·​een | \ ˌha-lə-ˈwēn How to pronounce Halloween (audio) , ˌhä- \

Kids Definition of Halloween

: October 31 celebrated especially by wearing costumes and trick-or-treating

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