Pass·​over | \ ˈpas-ˌō-vər How to pronounce Passover (audio) \

Definition of Passover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a Jewish holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan and commemorating the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt

pass over

passed over; passing over; passes over

Definition of pass over (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to ignore in passing
2 : to pay no attention to the claims of : disregard

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Synonyms & Antonyms for Passover

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of Passover in a Sentence

Verb you seem to have passed over an important e-mail notice I'd be willing to pass over this latest episode of tardiness if there hadn't been so many before.

First Known Use of Passover


1530, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Passover


from the exemption of the Israelites from the slaughter of the firstborn in Egypt (Exodus 12:23–27)

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The first known use of Passover was in the 14th century

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“Passover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Passover

: a Jewish holiday in March or April that celebrates the freeing of the Jews from slavery in Egypt


Pass·​over | \ ˈpas-ˌō-vər How to pronounce Passover (audio) \

Kids Definition of Passover

: a Jewish holiday celebrated in March or April in honor of the freeing of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt

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