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Definitions of easter

  1. a wind from the east
  2. a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox
  3. An annual church festival commemorating Christ's resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pasha or passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this name under the various forms of pascha, pasque, paque, or pask.
  4. The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
  5. The day on which the festival is observed; day.
  6. To veer to the east; - said of the wind.
  7. A festival of the Christian Church to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  8. Pertaining to that festival.
  9. A Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Christ, held on the Sunday after Good- Friday. Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon which happens upon or next after the 21st of March; and if the full moon happens upon a Sunday, Easter day is the Sunday after; but properly speaking, for the " full moon" in the above the " fourteenth day of the moon" should be substituted.
  10. Feast commemorating Christ's resurrection.
  11. A Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Christ.
  12. A Christian festival in commemoration of the resurrection of Christ, and occurring on the first Sunday after the full moon which happens upon or next after the 21st of March. Easter offerings, or Easter dues, money paid to the parson of a parish at Easter. Easter Term, one of the four terms during which the superior courts of Westminster are open, from April 15 to May 8; a university term extending to some six weeks after Easter.
  13. A festival in Christian countries commemorating the resurrection of Christ.
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Usage examples for easter

  1. There was no hesitation, therefore, in their consent that I should visit Helen at Easter- time. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  2. Other good company and an indifferent, and but indifferent dinner for so much company, and after dinner got a coach, very dear, it being Easter time and very foul weather, to my Lord's, and there visited my Lady, and leaving my wife there I and W. Howe to Mr. Pagett's, and there heard some musique not very good, but only one Dr. Walgrave, an Englishman bred at Rome, who plays the best upon the lute that I ever heard man. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  3. Next Easter was an aching desolation. – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  4. According to instructions received did you on Easter Tuesday last proceed to the prisoner's lodgings at 34, Merthyr Street, St. Soames's? – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  5. Man at Easter Island. – A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1 by James Cook
  6. When we took that sewing girl out of the water last Easter, and I put her in my own bed and made a cup of tea to restore her to her senses- what did the wicked minx do? – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  7. At one time he was certain that he would be home for Christmas, then for Easter; finally I think he had resigned himself to remaining where he was for life. – Servants of the Guns by Jeffery E. Jeffery
  8. The great firm of the Williamsons, who rented St John's Wells, Bethelnie, and Easter Crichie; James Allardyce of Boyndsmill; the Harveys of Beidlestone and Danestone, and a few others, were almost the only parties who attempted the feeding of cattle. – Cattle and Cattle-breeders by William M'Combie
  9. It was Easter; and it was strange how much at home they all were in the big house at Driebergen, which they regarded as their paternal house, regarding Uncle Henri and Aunt Constance next to their mother as parents also, regarding Addie as an elder brother, as their youngest father, on whom everything really depended. – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  10. She had hoped, fondly, that Charlie had given them up after his experience with them only last Easter; oh, she hoped he had. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  11. They will learn in a little while the mysteries of the hay- mow, how to drive oxen and how to keep Easter. – Around The Tea-Table by T. De Witt Talmage
  12. Has the Easter Hare quite forgotten us this year? – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  13. Your son goes to church, and at Easter he took communion with the Jesuit Fathers. – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  14. But then in Russia in many private houses no window is ever voluntarily opened from autumn until Easter, as the cold is so intense and the arrangements for heating so crude. – The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army by Margaret Vandercook
  15. Bless my Easter eggs, I'm glad to hear you talk that way! – Tom Swift among the Fire Fighters or, Battling with Flames from the Air by Victor Appleton
  16. 5. The fate of an Easter bonnet. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  17. The letter says, 'till after Easter. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  18. It was now about twelve o'clock, Sunday- the first Sunday after Easter- and all the Frank population was in the streets. – Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, Vol. I (of 2) by John Lloyd Stephens
  19. An Easter, coming somewhat early, seemed to have forestalled his wonted invitations for that season: and, to stay in London being out of the question, he had accepted Tom Quaritch's offer. – The King's Stratagem and Other Stories by Stanley J. Weyman
  20. The Easter vacation was devoted to a short journey, some account of which will be found in the next letter. – Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence by Louis Agassiz
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