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Meaning of EASTER

Pronunciation:  'eestur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wind from the east
  2. [n]  a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox

EASTER is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: east wind, easterly
 See Also: levanter, movable feast, moveable feast, Pasch, Pascha, wind



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Eas"ter\, n. [AS. e['a]ster, e['a]stran, paschal feast,
    Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. E['a]stre, a goddess of
    light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated
    in April; whence this month was called in AS.
    E['a]sterm[=o]na[eth]. From the root of E. east. See {East}.]
    1. 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, p[^a]que, or
    2. The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
    Note: Easter is used either adjectively or as the first
          element of a compound; as, Easter day or Easter-day,
          Easter Sunday, Easter week, Easter gifts.
                Sundays by thee more glorious break, An Easter
                day in every week.                 --Keble.
    Note: Easter day, on which the rest of the movable feasts
          depend, is always the first Sunday after the fourteenth
          day of the calendar moon which (fourteenth day) falls
          on, or next after, the 21st of March, according to the
          rules laid down for the construction of the calendar;
          so that if the fourteenth day happen on a Sunday,
          Easter day is the Sunday after. --Eng. Cyc.
    {Easter dues} (Ch. of Eng.), money due to the clergy at
       Easter, formerly paid in communication of the tithe for
       personal labor and subject to exaction. For Easter dues,
       Easter offerings, voluntary gifts, have been substituted.
    {Easter egg}.
       (a) A painted or colored egg used as a present at Easter.
       (b) An imitation of an egg, in sugar or some fine
           material, sometimes made to serve as a box for jewelry
           or the like, used as an Easter present.
  2. \East"er\, v. i. (Naut.)
    To veer to the east; -- said of the wind. --Russell.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming about Easter, suggests that the worst of your problems are over. You will experience joy again after a period of darkness and sadness. You need to walk with your head held high and stop being ashamed. Alternatively, the dream symbolizes resurrection and spiritual rebirth.
Easton Bible Dictionary

originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occured at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word "passover" was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in Act 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word, "passover," is always used.

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