What does Calvary mean?

Definitions for Calvaryˈkæl və ri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Calvary, Golgotha(noun)

    a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

  2. calvary, martyrdom(noun)

    any experience that causes intense suffering


  1. Calvary(ProperNoun)

    The hill outside Jerusalem which is traditionally held to be the location of the crucifixion of Jesus.

  2. calvary(Noun)

    A life-size representation of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on a piece of raised ground

  3. calvary(Noun)

    A series of representations of Christu2019s Passion in a church

  4. calvary(Noun)

    A strenuous experience

  5. Origin: From calvaria

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calvary(noun)

    the place where Christ was crucified, on a small hill outside of Jerusalem

  2. Calvary(noun)

    a representation of the crucifixion, consisting of three crosses with the figures of Christ and the thieves, often as large as life, and sometimes surrounded by figures of other personages who were present at the crucifixion

  3. Calvary(noun)

    a cross, set upon three steps; -- more properly called cross calvary

  4. Origin: [L. calvaria a bare skull, fr. calva the scalp without hair. fr. calvus bald; cf. F. calvaire.]


  1. Calvary

    Calvary or Golgotha, was according to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem's walls where Jesus was crucified. Golgotha is the Greek transcription in the New Testament of an Aramaic term that has traditionally been presumed to be Gûlgaltâ. The Bible translates the term to mean place of [the] skull, which in Greek is Κρανίου Τόπος, and in Latin is Calvariae Locus, from which the English word Calvary is derived.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calvary

    kal′va-ri, n. the name of the place where Jesus was crucified: (R.C.) a series of representations of the various scenes of Christ's crucifixion: an eminence crowned with one or three crosses bearing life-size figures of Jesus and the two thieves. [The Anglicised form of the Vulgate calvaria, which was the L. rendering of the Gr. kranion, as that again of the Aramaic gogulthō or gogolthā (Heb. gulgōleth—Græcised form golgotha), all three words meaning skull.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Calvary

    the place of the crucifixion, identified with a hill on the N. of Jerusalem, looked down upon from the city, with a cliff on which criminals were cast down prior to being stoned; also name given to effigies of the crucifixion in Catholic countries, erected for devotion.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Calvary in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Calvary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alexander MacLaren:

    We believe that the history of the world is but the history of His influence and that the center of the whole universe is the cross of Calvary.

  2. Max Lucado, "And the Angels were Silent the Final Week of Jesus":

    The journey to the cross began long before. As the echo of the crunching of the fruit was still sounding in the garden, Jesus was leaving for Calvary.

  3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, from "Love in the Time of Cholera":

    ...they no longer felt like newlyweds, and even less like belated lovers. It was as if they had lept over the arduous calvary of conjugal life and gone straight to the heart of love. They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.


    Self-sacrifice is an obvious proof of true love and true leadership. That is to say, giving up one’s own life, interests or comfort just to help others or to advance a cause. Now, that is exactly what Jesus Christ gave up for us (humans) on the cross of Calvary (over 2,000 years ago). Yes! he (Jesus Christ) gave up his own precious life, well-being, comfort and interest so that humanity can be saved through his one and only sacrifice. Nevertheless, what have you given up for him (Jesus Christ) in return? Anyway, I guess that is worth thinking about (individually), isn't it? ~Emeasoba George

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