Definition of Befana

1. an Epiphany gift [n -S]



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Befana

beey
beeyard
beeyards
beeyatch
beeyatches
beeyotch
beeyotches
beezer
beezers
befal
befall
befallen
befalleth
befalling
befalls
befana (current term)
befanas
befang
befangled
befeather
befeathered
befeathering
befeathers
befeld
befell
beffana
beffanas
befie
befight
befile

Literary usage of Befana

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1. The English Illustrated Magazine (1906)
"In Italy the presiding genius of the mid-winter festival was in olden days a woman called befana, a species of female Father Christmas, who brought secret ..."

2. A Diplomatist's Wife in Many Lands by Hugh Fraser (1910)
"... Day and the Chapel of the Manger — Twelfth Night —The "befana" —The Carnival— The "Bar- beri" — Shrove Tuesday — The Moccolo — "Il Carnevale e Morto! ..."

3. The Reader's Handbook of Allusions, References, Plots and Stories: With Two by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1880)
"... to offer their gifts, and said she would stop for their return ; but they returned by another way, and befana every Twelfth Night watches to see them. ..."

4. Tuscan Feasts and Tuscan Friends by Dorothy Nevile Lees (1907)
"VI THE befana " WE three kings of Orient are " ! How the words of the old carol appeal to us, calling up memories of some holly-decked church in an English ..."

5. The Edinburgh magazine, and literary miscellany, a new series of The Scots (1818)
"befana is applied to those puppets that women and children put into the •windows on the day of Epiphany, (or befana,) and also signifies the Spectre, ..."

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