Whit·​sun·​day ˈ(h)wit-ˈsən-dē How to pronounce Whitsunday (audio) -sən-ˌdā How to pronounce Whitsunday (audio)

Examples of Whitsunday in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English Whitsonday, from Old English hwīta sunnandæg, literally, white Sunday; probably from the custom of wearing white robes by those newly baptized at this season

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Whitsunday was before the 12th century

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“Whitsunday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Whitsunday. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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Whit·​sun·​day ˈhwit-ˈsən-dē How to pronounce Whitsunday (audio) -sən-ˌdā How to pronounce Whitsunday (audio)

Old English hwīta sunnandæg, literally "white Sunday"; probably so called from the fact that at this season there were many people who were newly baptized and who wore white robes

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