hal·​lowed ˈha-(ˌ)lōd How to pronounce hallowed (audio)
 in the Lord's Prayer often  ˈha-lə-wəd
: holy, consecrated
the church stands on hallowed ground
: 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 be traced back to the Old English adjective hālig, meaning "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 Hallows' Eve or 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 battlefield is one of the most hallowed historic sites in the country, and, unlike other areas with memorials to Confederate soldiers, is located in the North. Rebecca Sheehan, The Conversation, 17 Nov. 2023 Darwin had the Beagle, Hemingway the Pilar, and for writer John Steinbeck and biologist Ed Ricketts, there was the Western Flyer, hallowed ground for their six-week journey in the spring of 1940 to the Sea of Cortez. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 Thankfully the way a lot of companies choose to observe this most hallowed of days is by offering coffee deals and cheap (or free) beans! WIRED, 29 Sep. 2023 This is Día de Muertos, a colorful, hallowed tradition where the ancestors are honored and welcomed back home. Jp Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 But New Hampshire’s lead spot is not merely a matter of hallowed tradition; it is enshrined in a state law that mandates the primary election date be at least one week ahead of any other state’s contest. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 10 Sep. 2023 Or, head into the hallowed halls of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence after the midday crowds disperse to enjoy a personalized tour of the museum’s masterpieces. Joyce Falcone, Travel + Leisure, 4 Nov. 2023 Tucker, fellow vocal powerhouse Patty Loveless and songwriter Bob McDill make up this year’s Hall of Fame class, bringing its hallowed number to 152. Nancy Kruh, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 Standing on that hallowed ground, surrounded by the spirit of the music legend who once walked those fields, was a surreal experience. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


see hallow

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of hallowed was before the 12th century


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“Hallowed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallowed. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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