hallowed

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adjective hal·lowed \ˈha-(ˌ)lōd, ˈha-ləd, in the Lord's Prayer often ˈha-lə-wəd\

Definition of hallowed

  1. 1 :  holy, consecrated the church stands on hallowed ground

  2. 2 :  sacred, revered the university's hallowed halls hallowed customs

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Examples of hallowed in a sentence

  1. The church stands on hallowed ground.

  2. the college's hallowed tradition of ringing the chapel bell one hundred times before commencement ceremonies

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of hallowed

see hallow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


HALLOWED Defined for English Language Learners

hallowed

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adjective hal·lowed \ˈha-(ˌ)lōd, ˈha-ləd, in the Lord's Prayer often ˈha-lə-wəd\

Definition of hallowed for English Language Learners

  • : holy or blessed

  • : highly respected



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