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  1. the Jewish festival of Passover.
  2. Easter.

Origin of Pasch

before 1150; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin Pascha < Greek Páscha < Aramaic: Passover; compare Hebrew Pesaḥ Pesach
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Examples from the Web for pasch

Historical Examples

  • But you have a custom that I should release one unto you at the Pasch.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version


  • And he said to them: With desire I have desired to eat this pasch with you, before I suffer.

  • And he sent Peter and John, saying: Go, and prepare for us the pasch, that we may eat.

  • And they going, found as he had said to them and made ready the pasch.

  • Now the pasch, the festival day of the Jews, was near at hand.

British Dictionary definitions for pasch


  1. an archaic name for Passover (def. 1), Easter

Word Origin

C12: from Old French pasche, via Church Latin and Greek from Hebrew pesakh Pesach
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Word Origin and History for pasch


"Easter," early 12c.; see paschal.

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