What does Easter mean?

Definitions for Easter
ˈi stəreast·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Easternoun

    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, easterlynoun

    a wind from the east


  1. Easternoun

    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.

  2. Easternoun


  3. Easternoun

    The Jewish passover.

  4. Easternoun

    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.

  5. easteradjective


  6. Etymology: Probably from Old English ēasterra

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Easternoun

    The day on which the Christian church commemorates our Saviour’s resurrection.

    Etymology: eastre, Saxon; coster, Dutch.

    Did’st thou not fall out with a taylor for wearing his new doublet before Easter? William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Victor’s unbrother-like heat towards the Eastern churches, in the controversy about Easter, fomented that difference into a schism. Decay of Piety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Easternoun

    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

  2. Easternoun

    the day on which the festival is observed; Easter day

  3. Easterverb

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

  4. 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.]


  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.

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  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 »

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  5. saeter

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  7. staree

  8. teaser

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  10. asteer

  11. eastre

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  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. Joe Biden:

    Now he's suggesting he wants to get the country back opened by Easter, it would be a catastrophic thing to do for our people and for our economy if we sent people back to work just as we were beginning to see the impact of social distancing take hold only to unleash a second spike in infections.

  2. Mary Cogan:

    It bothers me a little when (Trump) says everyone should be back to work by Easter, business booming, things like that, but then... I think he is probably just trying to give our nation hope.

  3. Flower A. Newhouse:

    Although Easter symbolizes Christ's most forceful accomplishment, it heralds the attainment of every human being who strives Godward.

  4. Stephanie Grisham:

    Everyone at the White House is very excited about (Monday's) Easter Egg Roll. Preparations are continuing through the weekend to ensure that every child who attends has a positive experience they'll remember for years to come.

  5. Dawn Kelly:

    I am very lucky, but on Easter Sunday in New York 527 people died, so people were dying all around me and I didn't die. Is that a miracle ? I don't know, but this disease affects not only individuals but their entire families.

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