Meaning of “Halloween” in the English Dictionary

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"Halloween" in British English

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Halloweennoun [ C or U ]

also Hallowe'en uk /ˌhæl.əʊˈiːn/ us /ˌhæl.oʊˈiːn/


  • Children love to wear funny clothes for Halloween!
  • Now, Halloween is the children’s feast of candy!
  • Now, Halloween is the second biggest commercial holiday of the year after Christmas.
  • Samhain, or Halloween, was a harvest feast in Ireland and Scotland.
  • So, stores and companies started to push the idea of Halloween.
  • The biggest scary business of all, however, is Halloween.
  • Today, children enjoy Halloween in many countries on the last night of October.

(Definition of “Halloween” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Halloween" in American English

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Halloweennoun [ U ]

also Hallowe’en us /ˌhæl·əˈwin, ˌhɑ·lə-/

the evening of October 31, when children wear special clothes and often masks to hide their faces and go from house to house asking for candy

(Definition of “Halloween” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)