Ascension Day


: the Thursday 40 days after Easter observed in commemoration of Christ's ascension into Heaven

Examples of Ascension Day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web May 1 and May 17 are fixed while Ascension Day and Pinse move around depending on the timing of Easter. David Nikel, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Asian equities were mixed overnight as Indonesia, like many European markets, was closed for Ascension Day. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 26 May 2022 In the past, the boxes would appear every fall and disappear every spring, usually on Tax Day, or what salt-box enthusiasts call Ascension Day. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2022 In Germany, Father's Day (or Vatertag) is celebrated on Ascension Day, a Christian holiday celebrated on the 40th day after Easter. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ascension Day was in the 14th century

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“Ascension Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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Ascension Day

: the Thursday 40 days after Easter observed by Christians in honor of Christ's ascension into heaven after the Resurrection
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