Eas·​ter | \ ˈē-stər How to pronounce Easter (audio) \

Definition of Easter

: 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
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First Known Use of Easter

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Easter

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of Easter

: a Christian church festival that celebrates the return of Jesus Christ to life following his death also : the Sunday in early spring on which this festival is observed


Eas·​ter | \ ˈē-stər How to pronounce Easter (audio) \

Kids Definition of Easter

: a Christian holy day that celebrates the Resurrection

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