Definition of Beffana

1. befana [n -S] - See also: befana



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beffana

befall
befallen
befalleth
befalling
befalls
befana
befanas
befang
befangled
befeather
befeathered
befeathering
befeathers
befeld
befell
beffana (current term)
beffanas
befie
befight
befile
befind
befinger
befingered
befingering
befingers
befinned
befiradol
befit
befits
befitted

Literary usage of Beffana

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1860)
"The BefFana is said to have been an old woman, who was busily employed in cleaning the house when the three kings were journeying to carry the treasures to ..."

2. Three Months Passed in the Mountains East of Rome: During the Year 1819 by Maria Callcott (1820)
"Persons dressed up to resemble the pictures of Mother Bunch or Mother Goose, and called beffana, are led about the streets, ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1905)
"Soon the cry Ecco la beffana is raised, when the children jump up and seize their ... The custom of carrying an effigy called the beffana, on Twelfth-night, ..."

4. The Stranger in America: Or, Letters to a Gentleman in Germany: Comprising by Francis Lieber (1835)
"In Italy, children, as is the custom in the U. States and in England, I think, hang up a stocking, into which, during night, the beffana, an imaginary woman ..."

5. The Letters of Horace Walpole: Fourth Earl of Orford by Horace Walpole, Peter Cunningham (1906)
"sA beffana was a puppet, which was carried about the town on the evening of the Epiphany. The word is derived from Epifania. It also means an ugly woman. ..."

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