Definition of Innocents' Day
1. Noun. December 28, commemorating Herod's slaughter of the children of Bethlehem.
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Literary usage of Innocents' Day
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1. The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the by Robert Chambers (1832)
"This festival, which is variously styled Innocents' Day, The Holy Innocents' Day, and Childermas Day, or Childermas, has been observed from an early period ..."
2. Haydn's Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information Relating to All Ages by Joseph Haydn, Benjamin Vincent (1889)
"... Stamps, and Taxes (which set). The law respecting the inland revenue amended 1871. INNOCENTS' DAY, 28 Dec. in the western church; 29 Dec. in the ..."
3. Observations on Popular Antiquities Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our by John Brand, Henry Ellis (1900)
"The learned Gregory, in his Treatise on the Boy Bishop, observes : " It hath been a custom, and yet is elsewhere, to whip up the children upon Innocents Day ..."
4. The Schools of Medieval England by Arthur Francis Leach (1915)
"6$d. and that on Innocents' Day i6s. which included twenty-two fieldfares ... In 1404 the City minstrels were paid 2s. for their services on Innocents' Day. ..."