Pentecost

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

First Known Use of Pentecost

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

History and Etymology for 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

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“Pentecost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pentecost. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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Pentecost geographical name

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

Definition of Pentecost

island of Vanuatu in the southwestern Pacific population 31,500

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