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 The great Pancho Gonzales won all of two majors before being barred from the four hallowed tournaments. oregonlive, 14 July 2021 At least half a dozen events — including a day-long 10-band Fab 4 Music Festival — evoke the hallowed mop tops. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 6 July 2021 According to federal filings, Spazzo later posts a video of himself smoking a cigar in the hallowed building’s halls. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 There will undoubtedly be some din on the final weekend on July 10 and 11 when the hallowed old court at the All England Club will be at its near-15,000 full capacity as part of the government's test program. Pan Pylas, Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 Following in the hallowed footsteps of Cher and Avril Lavigne, Ryan Reynolds has become one of the latest celebs to join TikTok. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 1 July 2021 During my days at Boston College, the head basketball coach was none other than the hallowed Bob Cousy. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 As with the debate about TMT, the argument goes that science is a hallowed activity and the region can benefit economically from the expansion of the Alcântara launch pad. Davi Pereira Junior, Scientific American, 4 June 2021 My life of long contentment with the soldier’s hallowed call to warrant with his dying breath a better world for all. William H. Mcraven, The Atlantic, 31 May 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallowed. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hallowed

: holy or blessed
: highly respected

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