hallowed

adjective
hal·​lowed | \ ˈha-(ˌ)lōd How to pronounce hallowed (audio) , ˈha-ləd, in the Lord's Prayer often ˈha-lə-wəd\

Definition of hallowed

1 : holy, consecrated the church stands on hallowed ground
2 : sacred, revered the university's hallowed halls hallowed customs

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Hallowed Has Old English Roots

The adjective hallowed probably doesn't give you the shivers-or does it? Hallowed is the past participle of the verb hallow, a term that descends from the Middle English halowen. That word can in turn be traced back to hālig, Old English for "holy." During the Middle Ages, All Hallows' Day was the name for what Christians now call All Saints' Day, and the evening that preceded All Hallows' Day was All Hallow Even-or, as we know it today, Halloween.

Examples of hallowed in a Sentence

The church stands on hallowed ground. the college's hallowed tradition of ringing the chapel bell one hundred times before commencement ceremonies

Recent Examples on the Web

And high up in the ship’s interior is one of its most hallowed spaces, the 9/11 tribute room. Greg Norman, Fox News, "USS Arlington, named in honor of 9/11 victims and responders, visits NYC for first time during Fleet Week," 25 May 2018 Its layout includes the autograph table, a hallowed site in country music history, where Garth Brooks once signed for 23 hours straight. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "15 Pop Music Festivals to Catch This Summer," 17 May 2018 Long rumored to be dating, the two made their first public appearance, strolling into the art museum’s hallowed halls as cameras snapped away. Vogue, "Who Is Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice’s Rumored Boyfriend?," 18 Mar. 2019 At long last, the ideal Norwegian athlete had triumphed, for Norway, in the most hallowed of Norwegian sports. David Segal, New York Times, "The Ski Pole That Norway Will Never Forget," 13 Feb. 2018 On the hallowed ground, where the Army of the Potomac collided with the Army of Northern Virginia in the bloodiest day in American military history, the flagpole in front of the visitor center remains conspicuously bare. John Waters, The Seattle Times, "In shutdown, national parks transformed into Wild West — heavily populated and barely supervised," 2 Jan. 2019 This maelstrom is a ravaged place where champions scavenge keys in hope of unlocking hallowed vaults. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable," 15 Dec. 2018 The label was an arbiter of cool, as were the other hallowed indies (many of which are no more, though Sub Pop endures). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Taking to Rebecca Gates of The Spinanes, as Manos—a Lost '90s Indie-Rock Classic—Gets a Deluxe Reissue," 5 Dec. 2018 This hallowed version now resides in the National Archives, so washed out that many signatures, including Thomas Jefferson's, are either gone or barely visible. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, "Rare copy of Declaration of Independence survived Civil War hidden behind wallpaper," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hallowed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hallowed

see hallow

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hallowed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hallowed

: holy or blessed
: highly respected

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