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easter


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Easter  \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 
  pask. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Easter  \East"er\,  v.  i.  (Naut.) 
  To  veer  to  the  east;  --  said  of  the  wind.  --Russell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Easter 
  n  1:  a  Christian  celebration  of  the  Resurrection  of  Christ; 
  celebrated  on  the  Sunday  following  the  first  full  moon 
  after  the  vernal  equinox  [syn:  {Easter}] 
  2:  a  wind  from  the  east  [syn:  {east  wind},  {easterly}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Easter 
  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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