- a harvest festival formerly held in England on Aug. 1, when bread baked from the first crop of wheat was consecrated at Mass
- this day (Lammas Day) or this time (Lam′mas·tide·) of the year
Origin of LammasMiddle English lammasse from Old English hlammæsse, for hlafmæsse, literally , loaf mass, bread feast: see loaf and Mass
- a. A Christian feast formerly celebrated in England, during which bread from the season's first wheat was consecrated at Mass in thanksgiving for the harvest.b. A Christian feast formerly celebrated in commemoration of Saint Peter's deliverance from prison.
- August 1, the day on which these feasts were celebrated.
Origin of LammasMiddle English Lammasse from Old English hlāfmæsse hlāf loaf ; see loaf. mæsse Mass ; see Mass.
from Old English hlafmæsse (loaf mass, harvest festival)