Easter

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From Middle English ester, estern, estre, from Old English ēaster, ēastor, ēastre (Easter), apparently from Ēostre, Ēastre, the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox, from Proto-Germanic *Austrǭ. Cognate with German Low German Oostern (Easter), German Ostern and German Osterfest (Easter).

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Easter (countable and uncountable, plural Easters)

  1. (Christianity) 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. Eastertide
  3. (obsolete) The Jewish Passover.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Mark XIV:
      After two dayes folowed ester, and the dayes of swete breed.
  4. (paganism) 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.

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