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.
- post-Easter, adjective
- pre-Easter, noun
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How to use Easter in a sentence
Most see Easter as an escapist fantasy, holding out the mirage-like hope of “heaven” hereafter.What is the Point of Celebrating Easter During a Pandemic? | N.T. Wright | April 2, 2021 | Time
In addition to Christmas, it’s a big part of Easter celebrations, where it’s a common after-meal or tea-time sweet.How I Tried (and Failed) And Tried Again to Master the Goan Bebinca Cake | Joanna Lobo | April 1, 2021 | Eater
I didn’t grow up celebrating a holiday that falls around the spring equinox, not Nowruz, not Passover, not Holi, nor Easter.A one-pan salmon dinner with minty peas, orange and fennel | Daniela Galarza | April 1, 2021 | Washington Post
We’re also in the middle of Passover and approaching Easter, and celebratory gatherings could result in further spread.
Castel said she’s worried about another surge this spring, when people travel longer distances to be with family and friends for Passover, Easter and spring break amid emerging variants and a mostly unvaccinated public.Americans have started leaving home even more than before the pandemic, cellphone data shows | Katherine Shaver | March 11, 2021 | Washington Post
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.
When I reached Easter Elchies House, it was almost midnight, well, well, well passed the time that I was expected to arrive.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan | | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 DAILY BEAST
The company soon embarked on a refurbishment of Easter Elchies, opening to the public in 1985.
The doctor had been spending Easter at Cannes, and the dowager had devoutly prayed that he might not yet return.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The devotional reading of the story is a most natural and helpful observance of the Easter season.His Last Week | William E. Barton
That morning, it was the first Sunday after Easter, the Duchess rode out of the castle on her great sorrel horse, while on?Honey-Bee | Anatole France
I often console myself with thoughts of Easter, spring, and the summer holidays.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
After the reform bill had been read a second time, the lords broke up for the Easter recess.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
British Dictionary definitions for Easter
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
- Related adjective: paschal
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Cultural definitions for Easter
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.
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