Hallowmas

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Short for All-hallows' mass (All-saints' mass), ultimately continuing Old English ealra hālgena mæsse-dæġ (literally All Saints' mass day), equivalent to hallow (saint) +‎ -mas.

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Hallowmas

  1. (archaic) All Saints Day, November 1
    • c. 1603–1604, Shakespeare, William, Measure for Measure, Act 2, Scene 1:
      Pompey: And, I beseech you look into Master Froth here, / sir; a man of fourscore pound a year, whose father died / at Hallowmas. Was't not at Hallowmas, Master Froth?