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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
Hal•low•een or Hal•low•e'en /ˌhæləˈwin, ˌhɑl-/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable;WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Religionthe evening of Oct. 31;
the eve of All Saints' Day, observed esp. by children, who dress in costume and play trick or treat.
(hal′ə wēn′, -ō ēn′, hol′-), n.
- Religionthe evening of October 31;
the eve of All Saints' Day;
Allhallows Eve: observed esp. by children in costumes who solicit treats, often by threatening minor pranks.
- (All)hallow(s) + e(v)en2 1550–60
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Halloween, Hallowe'en /ˌhæləʊˈiːn/ n
Etymology: 18th Century: see Allhallows, even²
- the eve of All Saints' Day celebrated on Oct 31 by masquerading; Allhallows Eve
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