befana definition

  • noun:
    • Primarily, in Italy, an Epiphany present or present.
    • [capitalized] The witch or fairy thought to deliver young ones the sweetmeats and other benefits provided them on eve of Epiphany, or even to neglect and punish them.
    • a sizable cloth doll, representing the Befana, put on the chimneys of cottages, etc., or presented in stores, in Italy, where Epiphany gift suggestions are sold, the horror or entertainment of kids.
    • mostly, in Italy, an Epiphany present or present.
    • [capitalized] The witch or fairy believed to bring young ones the sweetmeats as well as other incentives offered all of them regarding the eve of Epiphany, or even to neglect and penalize them.
    • a big rag doll, representing the Befana, positioned on the chimneys of cottages, etc., or shown in shops, in Italy, in which Epiphany gifts are sold, for the terror or amusement of children.

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