Saint Agnes's Eve


Saint Agnes's Eve
noun
a Christian holy day
Syn: ↑January 20
Hypernyms: ↑Christian holy day
Part Holonyms: ↑January, ↑Jan

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/ag"ni siz/
the night of January 20, superstitiously regarded as a time when a young woman who performs certain rites is likely to dream of her future husband.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Saint Agnes's Eve — n. the night of Jan. 20 when, in old superstition, a girl might have a vision of her future husband …   English World dictionary

  • Saint Agnes's Eve — Saint Ag′nes s Eve′ [[t]ˈæg nɪ sɪz[/t]] n. the night of January 20, regarded as a time when a woman dreams of her future husband …   From formal English to slang

  • Saint Agnes's Eve — /ag ni siz/ the night of January 20, superstitiously regarded as a time when a young woman who performs certain rites is likely to dream of her future husband. * * * …   Universalium

  • Saint Agnes' Eve — noun Etymology: Saint Agnes Date: 1820 the night of January 20 when a woman is traditionally held to have a revelation of her future husband …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Saint Agnes' Eve — noun The night of January 20, on which traditionally, if she performs certain rituals, a woman is supposed to have dreams of her future husband …   Wiktionary

  • St Agnes's Eve — noun 20 January, when, according to tradition, having performed certain rites, one may dream of the person that will be one s husband or wife • • • Main Entry: ↑saint …   Useful english dictionary

  • St Agnes's Eve — (20/1 January)    Martyred in ad 303, St Agnes was the patron saint of young girls, so this was a favourite date for *love divinations a tradition which became widely known through Keats s poem The Eve of St Agnes , though his idea of the ritual… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Agnes — Agnes1 [ag′nis] n. [Fr Agnès < L Agnes, Hagnes < Gr hagnē, fem. of hagnos, chaste] a feminine name: dim. Aggie; equiv. Sp. Inez Agnes2 [ag′nis] Saint (died A.D. 304); Rom. virgin martyr: her day is Jan. 21: see also SAINT AGNES S EVE …   English World dictionary

  • Agnes of Rome — Infobox Saint name=Saint Agnes birth date=c. 291 death date=c. 304 feast day=January 21; before Pope John XXIII revised the calendar, there was a second feast on January 28 venerated in=Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental… …   Wikipedia

  • Agnes — fem. proper name, mid 12c., from O.Fr. Agnes, from Gk. Hagne pure, chaste, from fem. of hagnos holy, from PIE *yag to worship, reverence (see HAGIOLOGY (Cf. hagiology)). St. Agnes, martyred 303 C.E., is patron saint of young girls, hence the folk …   Etymology dictionary


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