hal·lowed | \ ˈha-(ˌ)lōd , 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

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An Alabama native who grew up just miles from Muscle Shoals, East’s voice has often been compared on his first two major label albums to the greats who made their name in that hallowed ground. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best of Summerfest Day 11: Cheap Trick, Anderson East, Boz Scaggs, Soccer Mommy & more," 8 July 2018 Family members who have loved ones in two Jewish cemeteries in Seattle are horrified that dirty drug needles, garbage — even human feces on gravestones — have turned the hallowed places into dumping grounds. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'Meth on the tombstones': Jewish cemeteries turned into dumps, Seattle families say | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018 Those selected win absolutely nothing except the knowledge that their wit and wisdom will be displayed in perpetuity in the hallowed halls of the Internet. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "This week's Comment Hall of Fame: The mutant pineapple edition," 29 June 2018 This will not be the first time a dirt-track race has taken place on IMS' hallowed grounds. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IMS to host dirt track race ahead of Brickyard weekend," 19 June 2018 Many of the speakers alluded to the the setting and the hallowed ground where the families of men and women who have died defending their country were being remembered. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Gold Star Families monument in Havre de Grace unveiled Sunday," 17 June 2018 Yet on Tuesday night, the top-selling artist, who has performed over 100 times on the Opry, discovered even wildest dreams can come true when he was welcomed into country music’s most hallowed family circle. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Garth Brooks Ushers Tearful Chris Janson into Opry: 'This Will Be the Greatest Night in Your Music Career'," 21 Mar. 2018 Which means now is the right time to head to Northern California wine country, the most hallowed wine region in the United States. Jason Tesauro, Esquire, "Want to Help Napa Recover from the Wildfires? Visit and Drink Wine.," 6 Mar. 2018 This team now has a chance to leave a similar addition to the Highlanders' hallowed decor. Jon Poorman, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands brings storied program back to state tourney," 7 June 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

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English Language Learners Definition of hallowed

: holy or blessed

: highly respected

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