What does passover mean?

Definitions for passoverˈpæsˌoʊ vər, ˈpɑs-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Passover, Pesach, Pesah, Feast of the Unleavened Bread(noun)

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


  1. Passover(ProperNoun)

    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. Passover(ProperNoun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passover(noun)

    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. Passover(noun)

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

  3. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Election Board spokesman Jim Allen:

    We're heading into Spring Break. There's two days after Easter Sunday. It's right in the middle of Passover. I mean, we've never had a runoff before in the city of Chicago for a citywide office.

  5. 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.

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