noun, plural Se·ders, Hebrew Se·da·rim [Sephardic Hebrew se-dah-reem; Ashkenazic Hebrew suh-dah-rim, sey-dah-rim] /Sephardic Hebrew sɛ dɑˈrim; Ashkenazic Hebrew səˈdɑ rɪm, seɪ dɑˈrɪm/. Judaism.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of seder

  • This was the tenth time this Seder has been held, and the fifth at ADAMS.

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    A Very Different Interfaith Seder

    Paul Scham

    April 1, 2013

  • Andrea (and her collaborators) designed the Seder to maximize discussion of what unites us—and what divides us.

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    A Very Different Interfaith Seder

    Paul Scham

    April 1, 2013

  • In honor of the first Seder tonight, a re-link to a tough review by Leon Weiseltier of a new translation of the Passover Haggadah.

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    The First Seder is Tonight

    David Frum

    March 25, 2013

  • Better to revel in the simple smells of the seder meal than all that subtle talk of liberation.

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    Passover’s Theological-Political Problem

    Bernard Avishai

    April 6, 2012

  • Instead, Mr. Obama himself led the seder, posing for photographs at the head of the table, wearing a yarmulke.

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    Obama's Rosh Hashanah Gaffes

    Michael Medved

    September 29, 2011

Historical Examples of seder

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 for Seder

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