Pentecost


Pen·te·cost

noun \ˈpen-ti-ˌkst, -ˌkäst\

Definition of PENTECOST

1
:  shavuot
2
:  a Christian feast on the seventh Sunday after Easter commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles —called also Whitsunday

Origin of PENTECOST

Middle English, from Old English pentecosten, from Late Latin pentecoste, from Greek pentēkostē, literally, fiftieth day, from pentēkostos fiftieth, from pentēkonta fifty, from penta- + -konta (akin to Latin viginti twenty) — more at vigesimal
First Known Use: before 12th century

Pen·te·cost

geographical name \ˈpen-ti-ˌkst, -ˈkäst\

Definition of PENTECOST

island SW Pacific in Vanuatu pop 31,500

Pentecost

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(from Greek pentecoste, “fiftieth day”) Christian festival commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus, occurring on the Jewish Pentecost, after Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. The disciples began to speak in the many languages of the people assembled there, a sign that the disciples should spread the Christian message throughout the world. Jewish Pentecost was a thanksgiving feast for the first fruits of the wheat harvest and was associated with remembrance of God's gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. Christian Pentecost is celebrated on the Sunday concluding the 50-day period following Easter. It is also the name of the Jewish celebration of Shavuot (“Festival of Weeks”).

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