Answer Key: The Meaning of Halloween

Lesson: The Origins of Halloween

  1. celebrate |ˈseləˌbrāt| verb [with object] 1 acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity: they were celebrating their wedding anniversary at a restaurant | [no object] : she celebrated with a glass of champagne.
  2. Celtic |ˈkeltikˈseltik| adjective relating to the Celts or their languages, which constitute a branch of the Indo-European family and include Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Manx, Cornish, and several extinct pre-Roman languages such as Gaulish.
  3. designate • officially assign a specified status or ascribe a specified name or quality to: [with object and complement] : certain schools are designated “science schools” | a personality disorder that Adler designates the Ruling Type.
  4. harvest |ˈhärvəst| noun the process or period of gathering in crops: helping with the harvest.
  5. otherworldly |ˌəT͟Hərˈwərldlē| adjective relating to an imaginary or spiritual world: music of an almost otherworldly beauty.• unworldly: celibate clerics with a very otherworldly outlook.
  6. volatile  |ˈvälədl| adjective liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse: the political situation was becoming more volatile.
  7. commemorate  |kəˈmeməˌrāt| verb [with object] recall and show respect for (someone or something): a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the war dead | a stone commemorating a boy who died at sea.
  8. Druid |ˈdro͞oəd| noun a priest, magician, or soothsayer in the ancient Celtic religion.
  9. symbol  |ˈsimbəl| noun 1 a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g., the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation.
  10. millennial |miˈlenēəl| adjective• denoting people reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century: most social networking groups are dominated by the millennial generation.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary