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

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The production, confidently directed by Carolyn Cantor, unfolds on a swiftly shifting set by Dane Laffrey that keeps us ever mindful of the hallowed halls of this pubescent incubator of America’s elite. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: Kavanaugh hearings lend a new lens for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ‘Good Boys’," 1 July 2019 Even guided tours of towns, monuments and hallowed grounds tend to focus on the Civil War and a way of planation life that ended, more or less, 150 years ago. cleveland.com, "Cruising the Mississippi River: New ships, insightful port excursions update a nostalgic float," 23 June 2019 There’s plenty of footage of Marzel attacking Palestinians on the cobbled stones of this hallowed ground. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 The unrest spread quickly to Paris and was inflamed irreversibly on May 6 when the police invaded the Sorbonne’s hallowed university precincts. George Melloan, WSJ, "The Day la Terre Stood Still," 14 May 2018 And high up in the ship’s interior is one of its most hallowed spaces, the 9/11 tribute room. Greg Norman, Fox News, "USS Arlington, named in honor of 9/11 victims and responders, visits NYC for first time during Fleet Week," 25 May 2018 Its layout includes the autograph table, a hallowed site in country music history, where Garth Brooks once signed for 23 hours straight. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "15 Pop Music Festivals to Catch This Summer," 17 May 2018 Long rumored to be dating, the two made their first public appearance, strolling into the art museum’s hallowed halls as cameras snapped away. Vogue, "Who Is Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice’s Rumored Boyfriend?," 18 Mar. 2019 At long last, the ideal Norwegian athlete had triumphed, for Norway, in the most hallowed of Norwegian sports. David Segal, New York Times, "The Ski Pole That Norway Will Never Forget," 13 Feb. 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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