Candlemas definition

kăndl-məs
A Christian feast observed on February 2 to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple.
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A church feast, Feb. 2, commemorating the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary after the birth of Jesus: candles for sacred uses are blessed on this day.
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The festival in the Christian year that commemorates the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple.
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A quarter day in Scotland.
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Noun

Singular:
candlemas
Plural:
candlemases

Origin of candlemas

  • Middle English candelmasse from Old English candelmæsse candel candle candle mæsse mass (from the blessing of candles at the feast) mass

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From candle +‎ -mas, following the tradition that the candles to be used in church during the following year are blessed on this day

    From Wiktionary