Candelmæsse

f (-an/-an) Candlemas, the feast of the Purification; [the feast of the Purification, which, in the Romish church, is celebrated with many lighted candles, celebrated February 2nd]

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  • Candlemas — noun Etymology: Middle English candelmasse, from Old English candelmæsse, from candel + mæsse mass, feast; from the candles blessed and carried in celebration of the feast Date: before 12th century February 2 observed as a church festival in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lichtmeß — Sf erw. fach. (13. Jh.), mhd. liehtwīhe n., liehtmesse, as. liohtmissa Hybridbildung. Entsprechend ae. candelmæsse, ne. candlemas. Der 2. Februar wurde zum Gedächtnis der Darstellung Jesu im Tempel mit Lichterprozessionen und Weihe der Kerzen… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Candlemass — O.E. candelmæsse (from CANDLE (Cf. candle) + MASS (Cf. mass) (n.2)), feast of the purification of the Virgin Mary (Feb. 2), celebrated with many candles, corresponding to Celtic pagan Imbolc …   Etymology dictionary

  • Candlemas — [ kand(ə)lmas, məs] noun a Christian festival held on 2 February to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary (after childbirth, according to Jewish law) and the presentation of Christ in the Temple. Origin OE Candelmæsse (see candle, Mass) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Candlemas — Can•dle•mas [[t]ˈkæn dl məs, ˌmæs[/t]] n. rel a church festival, Feb. 2, in honor of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary: candles are blessed. Also called Can′dlemas Day • Etymology: bef. 1050; ME; OE… …   From formal English to slang

  • Candlemas — /ˈkændlmæs/ (say kandlmas) noun an ecclesiastical festival, 2 February, in honour of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary. Candles are blessed on this day. {Middle English candelmasse, Old… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Candlemas — [kan′dəlməs] n. [ME candelmasse < OE candelmæsse: see CANDLE & MASS1] a church feast, Feb. 2, commemorating the purification of the Virgin Mary: candles for sacred uses are blessed on this day: also Candlemas Day …   English World dictionary

  • Candlemas Day — noun feast day commemorating the presentation of Christ in the temple; a quarter day in Scotland • Syn: ↑Candlemas, ↑Feb 2 • Hypernyms: ↑quarter day • Part Holonyms: ↑February, ↑Feb * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Can|dle|mas — «KAN duhl muhs», noun, or Candlemas Day, February 2, a church festival in honor of the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple. It is celebrated with lighted candles. ╂[Old English candelmæsse <… …   Useful english dictionary

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