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ˈpæsˌoʊ vər, ˈpɑs-passover

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Passover, Pesach, Pesah, Feast of the Unleavened Breadnoun

    (Judaism) a Jewish festival (traditionally 8 days from Nissan 15) celebrating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt


  1. Passovernoun

    The eight-day Jewish festival of Pesach, commemorating the biblical story of Exodus, during which the first-born sons of the Israelites were passed over while those of the Egyptians were killed.

  2. Passovernoun

    The Christian holy day generally falling on the first day of the Jewish Passover

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Passovernoun

    Etymology: pass and over.

    The Jews passover was at hand, and Jesus went up. Jo. ii. 13.

    The Lord’s passover, commonly called Easter, was ordered by the common law to be celebrated every year on a Sunday. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    Take a lamb, and kill the passover. Exodus xii. 21.


  1. passover

    Passover is a major Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, as described in the Book of Exodus in the Bible. It begins on the 15th day of Nisan (typically in March or April) and lasts for seven or eight days, depending on the Jewish tradition being followed. The holiday is also known for the ritual meal, the Seder, which includes specific foods and rituals symbolizing aspects of the Exodus story. Passover also involves the prohibition of leavened foods, with matzah (unleavened bread) being a key symbol of the holiday.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passovernoun

    a feast of the Jews, instituted to commemorate the sparing of the Hebrews in Egypt, when God, smiting the firstborn of the Egyptians, passed over the houses of the Israelites which were marked with the blood of a lamb

  2. Passovernoun

    the sacrifice offered at the feast of the passover; the paschal lamb

  3. Etymology: [Pass + over. See Pasch.]


  1. Passover

    Passover, or Pesach, Tiberian, Modern Hebrew: /ˈpesaχ/ Pesah, Pesakh, Yiddish: Peysekh, Paysakh, Paysokh is an important Biblically-derived Jewish festival. Historically, together with Shavuot and Sukkot, Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship. Passover commences on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for either seven days or eight days. In Judaism, a day commences at dusk and lasts until the following dusk, thus the first day of Passover only begins after dusk of the 14th of Nisan and ends at dusk of the 15th day of the month of Nisan. The rituals unique to the Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder when the 15th of Nisan has begun. In the Northern Hemisphere Passover takes place in spring as the Torah prescribes it: "in the month of [the] spring". It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Passover

    pas′ō-vėr, n. annual feast of the Jews, to commemorate the destroying angel passing over the houses of the Israelites when he slew the first-born of the Egyptians.—adj. pertaining to the Passover.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Passover

    the chief festival of the Jews in commemoration of the passing of the destroying angel over the houses of the Israelites on the night when he slew the first-born of the Egyptians; it was celebrated in April, lasted eight days, only unleavened bread was used in its observance, and a lamb roasted whole was eaten with bitter herbs, the partakers standing and road-ready as on their departure from the land of bondage.

Editors Contribution

  1. passoververb

    The Israelite festival celebrated on the fourteenth day of the first month in the early spring; it was a celebration of the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, commemorating the firstborn were killed.

    The Passover will be celebrated in 2024 for the master deliverance from American Egyptian slavery.

    Etymology: Freedom away from depth Law.

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on September 18, 2023  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Passover

    The great Jewish festival commemorative of the Destroying Angel having passed over or spared the houses of the Israelites whose doorposts were sprinkled with the blood of the lamb slain overnight by Divine command. The Hebrew term for this festival is Pesach, whence “Pasch” has been derived.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of passover in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of passover in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of passover in a Sentence

  1. Eilat Mazar:

    A discovery like this — ancient coins bearing the words ‘Freedom’ and ‘Redemption’ — found right before the Jewish Festival of Freedom—Passover — begins is incredibly moving.

  2. Aberjhani:

    Like a Passover Poet gliding from house to house and from trembling soul to trembling soul the wind scribbled sonnets of first time love and weeping haikus of last hours on earth.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust, sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman's statements. Either he is speaking for the President, or the President should have known better than to hire him.

  4. Mark Blitz:

    Here we have had four total lunar eclipses in a row on Passover and Tabernacles, and just look what is happening in the world today!

  5. Emily August:

    It's an evening of stories and performances punctuated by these little ritual Passover moments, the Exodus narrative is replaced by these stories, these personal journeys.

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