What does Easter mean?

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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

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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. Mario Montejo:

    We maintained permanent contact with them, since they departed from Easter Island, foreseeing that they could be experiencing some issues, they are in good health, a little tired. The rafts were beginning to deteriorate and that made the stay of the people on board risky.

  2. Steven McCoy:

    My family and I are disappointed that we can't be together on Easter Sunday this year, especially after so many absences throughout the year due to everyone's work schedules. Easter Sunday means a lot to us as Easter Sunday is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, however, we are so grateful that everyone is alive and well as we plan to get through this pandemic together -- even if it means we have to be creative during our time separated.

  3. Godwin Jr.:

    He hugged my wife and me and said, ‘I’ll see you guys next time,’ i said, ‘OK, enjoy your Easter.’.

  4. Carl Lipo:

    But under the conditions of warfare, weapons are going to have performance characteristics. And they're going to be very carefully fashioned for that purpose because it matters... You would cut somebody [ with a mata'a ], but they certainly wouldn't be lethal in any way. Related : Ancient Roman brooch contains' lovely' palindrome Some scientists have estimated, that, at its height, Easter Island’s population may have been as high as 20,000, but fell over centuries after the island’s trees and palms were cut down to build canoes and transport its famous giant statues. One theory suggests that the deforestation led to soil erosion, impacting the island’s ability to support wildlife and farming, and the collapse of its civilization. When the Dutch arrived at the island in 1722, its population was 3,000 or less. Only 111 inhabitants were living on Easter Island by 1877. Other experts, however, have questioned whether Easter Island ever supported a large population, citing instead the arrival of Europeans, who brought diseases and took islanders away as slaves. Related : Ancient 4,500-year-old boat discovered in Egypt What people traditionally think about Easter Island is being this island of catastrophe and collapse just isn't true in a pre-historic sense, populations were successful and lived sustainably on Easter Island up until European contact.

  5. Larry Hogan:

    Im not sure ... putting an artificial deadline of saying were going to get everything open by Easter is unrealistic from all the experts and the scientists that were talking to, this idea of somehow without any real data picking high risk versus low risk -- I dont think thats really realistic.

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