michaelmas


michaelmas

noun Chiefly British.

  1. a festival celebrated on September 29 in honor of the archangel Michael.

noun

  1. Sept 29, the feast of St Michael the archangel; in England, Ireland, and Wales, one of the four quarter days

early 12c., Sanct Micheles mæsse, the feast of St. Michael (Sept. 29, an English quarter-day), from Michael + mass (n.2). Goose is the day’s traditional fare since at least 15c.

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