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Definition of Easter

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Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Feast of the Resurrection
Easter Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. i.)
To veer to the east; -- said of the wind.
The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
an Cháisc, Cáisc f.
Easter Sunday: Domhnach Cáisc
at Easter: um Cháisc
Easter egg: ubh Chásca
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Pasc = n. the festival of Easter, the Passover
      eaters      teresa
WordNet 2.0

1. a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox
(hypernym) movable feast, moveable feast
(hyponym) Pasch, Pascha

1. a wind from the east
(synonym) east wind, easterly
(hypernym) wind, air current, current of air
(hyponym) levanter
Easter Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Easter (Old English usually ; also ; and ), also called Pasch (derived, through and Greek  Paskha, from , cognate to Pesaḥ) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary  30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

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Easter Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occured at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word "passover" was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in Act 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word, "passover," is always used.
Smith's Bible Dictionary

(Acts 12:4) In the earlier English versions Easter has been frequently used as the translation of pascha (passover). In the Authorized Version Passover was substituted in all passages but this; and in the new Revision Passover is used here. See: Passover
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About
Easter [from Eostre or Ostara goddess of spring] In the northern hemisphere, the time of the renewal of life in nature, and therefore the appropriate season for celebrating the mystery of rebirth and regeneration. Easter day was close to the time of one of the four sacred seasons connected with the equinoxes and solstices, which were individually celebrated in the ancient Mysteries as representatives of the four main phases of the drama of initiation. It was the second stage of initiation when the awakened person, in whom the Christ had already been born (as celebrated at a winter solstice), was preparing to become a conqueror of self and then a teacher. Easter today is the result of a confusion and compromise between this ancient spring festival (chiefly in its Northern European form) with ecclesiastical legends and the Jewish Feast of the Passover (pesah). Good Friday, following the Christian version of this ancient theme, commemorates the descent of the Christ into the tomb, and the Sunday following, which is the third day counting inclusively, celebrates the resurrection. Due to a confusion in early Christian thought, there are certain aspects of the Easter celebration which properly pertain to the winter solstice, which the Christians, however, have rightly held as commemorating the birth of Christ.
The Jewish ecclesiastical calendar was lunar, and the attempt to reconcile the solar calendar with the date of the Passover as fixed by the lunar calendar resulted in protracted disputes, ending in the present compromise with its fluctuating date. The use of eggs at Easter is symbolic of rebirth and shows the influence of the ancient rites, especially of Northern Europe.

Official Christianity Glossary for Introduction to Religion
This is the day Christians celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead and his triumph over sin. It is on a Sunday in the Spring, and follows "Holy Week" during which Christianity commemorates the events leading up to Jesus' death. The resurrection is the event by which Jesus provides human beings with salvation.
Glossary of Astrological Terms
Christian festival of Christ's resurrection, coinciding approximately with the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Easter is named after the ancient German goddess of spring, Eastre. This calendar festival finds its primitive origins in earlier European and Middle Eastern cultures, all of which had major festivals, usually to do with resurrection and/or release from bondage, based around the vernal equinox.