Pentecost

noun
Pen·​te·​cost | \ ˈpen-ti-ˌkȯst How to pronounce Pentecost (audio) , -ˌkäst \

Definition of Pentecost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a Christian feast on the seventh Sunday after Easter commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles

called also Whitsunday

Pentecost

geographical name
Pen·​te·​cost | \ ˈpen-ti-ˌkȯst How to pronounce Pentecost (audio) , -ˈkäst \

Definition of Pentecost (Entry 2 of 2)

island of Vanuatu in the southwestern Pacific population 31,500

First Known Use of Pentecost

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Pentecost

Noun

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

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“Pentecost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pentecost. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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Pentecost

noun
How to pronounce Pentecost (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Pentecost

: a Christian holiday on the seventh Sunday after Easter that celebrates the appearance of the Holy Spirit to the apostles

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