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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There is another factor, only rarely hinted at: the hallowed status in China of Mr Xi himself. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 The official declaration of America’s independence from Britain may be dated July 4, 1776, but the story of the Thomas Jefferson's hallowed document really begins two weeks later. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence," 3 July 2018 But that doesn't mean some kind of semblance of that player could not be restored within the hallowed realms of Stamford Bridge. SI.com, "Why Chelsea Should Take a Punt on Super Jack Wilshere and Make Him the Golden Boy He Deserves to Be," 22 June 2018 Within the hallowed space of the Louvre, the presence of a Da Vinci or a Veronese is expected; the merits of those artworks have been unquestioned for centuries. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "With “Apeshit,” the Carters Deliver a Fashion-Forward Art History Lesson," 18 June 2018 The difference between regular lemon-pepper chicken and the hallowed lemon-pepper wet is one thing: butter. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "Heaven Is an Entire Lemon-Pepper Chicken Doused in Honey Butter," 14 June 2018 Folks who consider homeowner associations as hallowed guardians of property values will argue that Hope went through the proper channels and asked to erect a little library, and the Garicks didn’t. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Uptight homeowners associations should take lesson from girl, 11, who shepherded Little Free Library," 11 May 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hallowed

: holy or blessed

: highly respected

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