noun, often capitalized
se·​der | \ˈsā-dər \
plural seders also sedarim\sə-​ˈdär-​əm, ˌse-​dä-​ˈrēm \

Definition of seder 

: a Jewish home or community service including a ceremonial dinner held on the first or first and second evenings of the Passover in commemoration of the exodus from Egypt

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Members of the local media are invited to observe the seders and/or conduct an advance interview with the organizers. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 27 Mar. 2018 The event included a pride seder haggadah modeled after a Passover one, candles lit to represent the colors of the rainbow and a chuppah in which attendees stood under while healing prayers were uttered. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Synagogues celebrate LGBTQ community during Pride Month," 15 June 2018 This year, the seder is at daughter Nancy’s in Montclair. Sally Friedman,, "I hate to share my family on Passover: A confessional," 29 Mar. 2018 The 45-minute seder will be led by Rabbi Ben Leinow and Cantor Larry Kornit, followed by catered Kosher-style dinner and festivities. Linda Mcintosh,, "Passover seders to be held starting Friday," 28 Mar. 2018 At these seders using the new haggadah, people would get into fistfights. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "The Freedom Seder: The anti-racism dinner party that changed American Judaism," 29 Mar. 2018 In fact, Jews are called upon to invite those who might not have a family to celebrate the seder with them as well as those who cannot afford to have a proper meal, Caplan said. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Passover begins Friday night — 10 things to know," 30 Mar. 2018 Passover seders typically include a few songs here and there. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Humor / Other Stuff / Religion How are these seders different from all other seders?," 30 Mar. 2018 It is observed for seven or eight days (depending on where you are located), and during the first two nights, Passover is celebrated with a home ritual known as the Passover seder. Time, "How to Wish Someone a 'Happy Passover'," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of seder

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seder

Hebrew sēdher order

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The first known use of seder was in 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of seder

: a Jewish religious service and dinner that is held on the first or first and second evenings of the Passover

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