| Share
 

White Stone

Days marked with a white stone. Days of pleasure; days to be remembered with gratification. The Romans used a white stone or piece of chalk to mark their lucky days with on the calendar. Those that were unlucky they marked with black charcoal. (See Red-Letter Day.)

White Stone

(Rev. ii. 17). To him that overcometh will I give. a white stone; and in the stone a new name [is] written which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it [i.e. the stone]. In primitive times, when travelling was difficult for want of places of public accomodation, hospitality was exercised by private individuals to a great extent. When the guest left, the host gave him a small white stone cut in two; on one half the host wrote his name, and on the other the guest; the host gave the guest the half containing his [host's] name, and vice versâ. This was done that the guest at some future time might return the favour, if needed. Our text says, “I will give him to eat of the hidden manna” —i.e. I will feed or entertain him well, and I will keep my friendship, sacred, inviolable, and known only to himself.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on White Stone from Infoplease:

  • White Stone - White Stone Days marked with a white stone. Days of pleasure; days to be remembered with ...
  • Pasargadae - Pasargadae Pasargadae , capital of ancient Persia under Cyrus the Great. Its ruins lie 54 mi (87 ...
  • Pereslavl-Zalesski - Pereslavl-Zalesski Pereslavl-Zalesski , city, central European Russia. It is the birthplace of ...
  • corundum - corundum corundum , mineral, aluminum oxide, Al2O3. The clear varieties are used as gems and the ...
  • August 24, 1806 - The Journals of Lewis and Clarkby Meriwether Lewis and William Clark August 23, 1806 August 25, ...

Related Content

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring