What does Easter mean?

Definitions for Easter
ˈi stərEaster

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Easter(noun)

    a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox

  2. east wind, easter, easterly(noun)

    a wind from the east

Wiktionary

  1. Easter(Noun)

    A Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Christ; the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, neither earlier than March 22 nor later than April 25.

    We spent each of the past five Easters together as a family.

    Etymology: Probably from Old English ēasterra

  2. Easter(Noun)

    Eastertide

    Etymology: Probably from Old English ēasterra

  3. Easter(Noun)

    The Jewish passover.

    Etymology: Probably from Old English ēasterra

  4. Easter(Noun)

    A festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara and celebrated at the spring equinox or within the month of April. Also known as Eostre.

    Etymology: Probably from Old English ēasterra

  5. easter(Adjective)

    Eastern.

    Etymology: Probably from Old English ēasterra

Webster Dictionary

  1. Easter(noun)

    an annual church festival commemorating Christ's resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pasha or passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this name under the various forms of pascha, pasque, paque, or pask

    Etymology: [AS. ester, estran, paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. Estre, a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS. Estermna. From the root of E. east. See East.]

  2. Easter(noun)

    the day on which the festival is observed; Easter day

    Etymology: [AS. ester, estran, paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. Estre, a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS. Estermna. From the root of E. east. See East.]

  3. Easter(verb)

    to veer to the east; -- said of the wind

    Etymology: [AS. ester, estran, paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. Estre, a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS. Estermna. From the root of E. east. See East.]

Freebase

  1. Easter

    Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday. Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March, and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, in which the celebration of Easter therefore varies between 4 April and 8 May.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Easter

    ēst′ėr, n. a Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Christ, held on the Sunday after Good-Friday.—n. East′er-day, Easter Sunday.—ns.pl. East′er-dues, -off′erings, 'customary sums' which from time immemorial have been paid to the parson by his people at Easter.—ns. East′er-egg, eggs stained of various colours, given as presents on Easter; East′ertide, Eastertime, either Easter week or the fifty days between Easter and Whitsuntide. [A.S. éastre; Ger. ostern. Bede derives the word from Eastre, a goddess whose festival was held at the spring equinox.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Easter

    an important festival of the Church commemorating the resurrection of Christ; held on the first Sunday after the first full moon of the calendar which happens on or next after 21st of March, and constituting the beginning of the ecclesiastical year; the date of it determines the dates of other movable festivals; derives its name from Eastre, a Saxon goddess, whose festival was celebrated about the same time, and to which many of the Easter customs owe their origin.

Editors Contribution

  1. Easter

    A christian holiday that is celebrated on Sunday and/or Monday. Easter is a holiday mainly celebrated on Sunday, sometimes Monday, and is a celebration of new life and birth in spring. Children celebrate it by finding Easter eggs hidden by the "Easter Bunny"

    Submitted by rinat on April 23, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Easter

    From the Teutonic Ostara, goddess of light or spring; rendered by the Anglo-Saxons Eastre. This great spring festival lasted eight days.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Easter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2089

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Easter' in Nouns Frequency: #2037

Anagrams for Easter »

  1. arêtes, aretes, eaters, reseat, saeter, seater, staree, teaser, Teresa

How to pronounce Easter?

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How to say Easter in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Easter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Easter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Easter in a Sentence

  1. Shailene Woodley .:

    Am I going to survive what Im going through right now and ever be healthy, or even have the opportunity to work on projects Im passionate about again because of the situation Im in ? she said she thought at the time. I was in a place where I had no choice but to just surrender and let go of my career, and it brought out this negative voice in my mind that kept spinning for years and years afterward. JOE GUIDICE FEELS OVERWHELMED WITH EMOTION OVER CANCELED EASTER REUNION WITH FAMILY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS Things have turned around for Shailene Woodley . since then, and she has something new to focus on. Now Im on the other side of it, thank God. A lot of the last few years has been aboutfocusing on mental healthfor me, and its a slow process, but because of that work, I feel very grounded and rooted in who I am and very clear about everything in my life, whether its my career or my relationships or my own internal worth. Furthermore, she added : I feel very grateful to have walked that line of fire because now I know what I dont want to ever go back to. Shailene Woodley. ( Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro / Getty Images) Woodley had previously spoken about her mental health and taking up therapy to reinvigorate her career before joining the cast of.

  2. President Trump:

    I said earlier today that I hope we can do this by Easter, i think that would be a great thing for our country, and were all working very hard to make that a reality. ... Easter is a very special day for many reasons.

  3. Paul Lavery:

    ( SWNS) He also has an impressive array of outfits in the videos, complete witha selection of over 300 bow ties to choose from.We always try to match his bow tie to what hes balancing on his head. We try to do themes for Halloween, Christmas and Easter too.

  4. Michael Hewson:

    Coming up to the Easter holiday, people are going to be very reluctant to put more money into these (stock) markets. If anything, they will be more likely to take money out.

  5. Bishop Nektarios:

    We share the pain of people who have to stay away from churches over Easter.

Images & Illustrations of Easter

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