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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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 Thus, the flat bread, otherwise known as matzah, was born and became a traditional part of the seder, or ceremonial meal. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Passover 101: Here's What You Need to Know About the Jewish Holiday," 29 Mar. 2018 Between gourmet seder feasts and Good Friday fish fries, there will also be plenty of festive options for foodies this weekend. Editors, USA TODAY, "Good Friday, Passover and Mega Millions: 5 things to know Friday," 30 Mar. 2018 Even more surprising, the seder-giving couple split up. Polly Campbell,, "Fish logs at the Old Timber Inn and how I became a Cincinnatian," 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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: a Jewish religious service and dinner that is held on the first or first and second evenings of the Passover

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