- an annual Christian festival in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, as calculated according to tables based in Western churches on the Gregorian calendar and in Orthodox churches on the Julian calendar.
- Also called Easter Sunday. the day on which this festival is celebrated.
- the Easter season; the week following Easter.
Origin of Easter
Examples from the Web for easter
At the same time, the Easter Elchies House began to deteriorate.
The land at Easter Elchies was the ideal place for Reid to set up his business.
And I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to stay at Easter Elchies House, the spiritual home at The Macallan.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
The company soon embarked on a refurbishment of Easter Elchies, opening to the public in 1985.
At the center of it all is Easter Elchies House—one of the so-called six pillars of the company.
He liked the Easter ceremonial better, perhaps, than that of Christmas.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
If not at Christmas then at Easter; and whenever it was she should find her room a bower.The Incomplete Amorist
On Easter Monday she was seized with a great fit of shivering.
On the Wednesday after Easter (April 16th), the death agony commenced.
His stepfather had sent him at Easter to a good preparatory school.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- the most important festival of the Christian Church, commemorating the Resurrection of Christ: falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox
- Also called: Easter Sunday, Easter Day the day on which this festival is celebrated
- the period between Good Friday and Easter Monday
Word Origin and History for easter
Old English Easterdæg, from Eastre (Northumbrian Eostre), from Proto-Germanic *Austron, a goddess of fertility and spring, probably originally of sunrise whose feast was celebrated at the spring equinox, from *austra-, from PIE *aus- "to shine" (especially of the dawn).
Bede says Anglo-Saxon Christians adopted her name and many of the celebratory practices for their Mass of Christ's resurrection. Ultimately related to east. Almost all neighboring languages use a variant of Latin Pascha to name this holiday (see paschal). Easter egg attested by 1825, earlier pace egg (1610s). Easter bunny attested by 1904 in children's lessons; Easter rabbit is by 1888; the paganish customs of Easter seem to have grown popular c. 1900; before that they were limited to German immigrants.
If the children have no garden, they make nests in the wood-shed, barn, or house. They gather colored flowers for the rabbit to eat, that it may lay colored eggs. If there be a garden, the eggs are hidden singly in the green grass, box-wood, or elsewhere. On Easter Sunday morning they whistle for the rabbit, and the children imagine that they see him jump the fence. After church, on Easter Sunday morning, they hunt the eggs, and in the afternoon the boys go out in the meadows and crack eggs or play with them like marbles. Or sometimes children are invited to a neighbor's to hunt eggs. [Phebe Earle Gibbons, "Pennsylvania Dutch," Philadelphia 1882]
An important religious festival among Christians (see also Christian); it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus after his Crucifixion. Easter is celebrated on a Sunday in spring, and the season of Easter, a time of rejoicing, continues for several weeks. The penitential season of Lent is a time of preparation for Easter.