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[sey-der] /ˈseɪ dər/
noun, plural Seders Hebrew, Sedarim
[Sephardic Hebrew se-dah-reem; Ashkenazic Hebrew suh-dah-rim, sey-dah-rim] /Sephardic Hebrew sɛ dɑˈrim; Ashkenazic Hebrew səˈdɑ rɪm, seɪ dɑˈrɪm/ (Show IPA).
a ceremonial dinner that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and includes the reading of the Haggadah and the eating of symbolic foods, generally held on the first night of Passover by Reform Jews and Jews in Israel and on both the first and second nights by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside of Israel.
Origin of Seder
First recorded in 1860-65, Seder is from the Hebrew word sēdher literally, order, arrangement Unabridged
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  • And when the evening table was laid for the Seder service, looking oh!

  • But she makes us promise that we will not crack a single one before the "Seder."

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • That Seder with its family symposium has been the glory of Israel throughout the ages.

    Child Versus Parent Stephen Wise
  • In Seder Olam they are called "prophets who prophesied in Egypt."

  • In the dining-room of Hirsch Bensef sat a goodly circle of friends at the Seder (services conducted on the eve of Passover).

    Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for Seder


(Judaism) a ceremonial meal with prescribed ritual reading of the Haggadah observed in Jewish homes on the first night or first two nights of Passover
Word Origin
from Hebrew sēdher order
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Word Origin and History for Seder

home service on the first nights of Passover, 1865, from Hebrew sedher "order, procedure," related to sedherah "row, rank."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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