Easter

noun

Eas·​ter ˈē-stər How to pronounce Easter (audio)
: a feast that commemorates Christ's resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon
easter table

Word History

Etymology

Middle English estre, from Old English ēastre; akin to Old High German ōstarun (plural) Easter, Old English ēast east

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Easter was before the 12th century

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“Easter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Easter. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

Easter

noun

Eas·​ter ˈē-stər How to pronounce Easter (audio)
: a Christian holiday celebrating Christ's resurrection that is observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon on or after March 21

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