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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Thanks to an 1837 Mexican land grant, his family once owned about 9,000 acres of land in Santa Maria — land that now houses some of the area’s most hallowed vineyards, like Bien Nacido. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Santa Barbara wine has never been more thrilling — or more complicated," 1 Aug. 2019 And like Bowie, Jagger, by virtue of his big blue eyes, hallowed cheekbones, and pouty lips, had a great face for makeup. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger! Here, the Rock Icon’s 10 Best Beauty Moments," 26 July 2019 Childhood was a hallowed time in the Soviet imagination. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Svetlana Alexievich’s Child’s-Eye View," 22 July 2019 A few years ago, museums started inviting guest curators to use their hallowed precincts to mount exhibits. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Let’s Have Celebrities Curate More of Our Lives," 3 July 2019 Orlando has its own hallowed place in gay history because of 2016’s Pulse nightclub massacre in which 49 lost their lives. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Stonewall at 50: Toast gay progress," 25 June 2019 Our ‘Father-Mother Creator god,’ who art on Earth, hallowed be thy names . . . Declan Leary, National Review, "The Problem with Trying to Make Catholicism Relatable in the Amazon," 25 June 2019 These once-lush grounds are almost hallowed to him. cincinnati.com, "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 These once-lush grounds are almost hallowed to him. Amber Hunt, Cincinnati.com, "Tired and worn: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, once a statewide draw, now on life support," 11 June 2019

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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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