Whitsunday

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

Definition of Whitsunday

First Known Use of Whitsunday

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Whitsunday

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

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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 3 Oct. 2022.

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