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Easter egg

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noun
  1. a chicken egg that is dyed and often given a figure or design, or an imitation of such an egg, as an egg-shaped candy or chocolate, used at Easter as a gift or decoration.
  2. Digital Technology. an extra feature, as a message or video, hidden in a software program, video game, DVD, etc., and revealed as by an obscure sequence of keystrokes or commands.
  3. Movies, Television. a hidden message, as a cryptic reference, iconic image, or inside joke, that fans are intended to discover in a television show or movie.

Origin of Easter egg

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Historical Examples

  • The editor thanks Tillie S. for her pretty Easter-egg, with its kind wishes.

    Harper's Young People, May 10, 1881

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for easter egg

Easter egg

noun
  1. an egg given to children at Easter, usually a chocolate egg or a hen's egg with its shell painted
  2. a bonus or extra feature hidden inside a website, computer game, or DVD, that is only revealed after repeated or lengthy viewing or playing
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