Walpurgis Night

noun Wal·pur·gis Night \väl-ˈpu̇r-gəs-\

Definition of Walpurgis Night

  1. 1 :  the eve of May Day on which witches are held to ride to an appointed rendezvous

  2. 2 :  something (as an event or situation) having a nightmarish quality

Origin and Etymology of walpurgis night

partial translation of German Walpurgisnacht, from Walpurgis St. Walburga †a.d. 779 English saint whose feast day falls on May Day + German Nacht night

First Known Use: 1823

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