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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.
2. August 1, the day on which these feasts were celebrated.

[Middle English Lammasse, from Old English hlāfmæsse : hlāf, loaf; see loaf + mæsse, Mass; see Mass.]


1. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church Aug 1, held as a feast, commemorating St Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison
2. (Anglicanism) Also called: Lammas Day the same day formerly observed in England as a harvest festival. In Scotland Lammas is a quarter day
[Old English hlāfmæsse loaf mass]


(ˈlæm əs)

a former festival in England, held on August 1, in which bread made from the first harvest of corn was blessed.
[before 900; Middle English Lammesse, Old English hlāmmæsse, hlāfmæsse. See loaf1, mass2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Lammas - commemorates Saint Peter's miraculous deliverance from prisonLammas - commemorates Saint Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison; a quarter day in Scotland; a harvest festival in England
quarter day - a Christian holy day; one of four specified days when certain payments are due
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