The first Easter.
An example of Easter is a day where you can go to a sunrise church service and carry white lilies.
- an annual Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, held on the first Sunday after the date of the first full moon that occurs during or after the vernal equinox
- the Sunday of this festivalalso Easter Sunday
Origin of EasterMiddle English ester from Old English eastre, plural eastron, spring, Easter; origin, originally , name of pagan vernal festival almost coincident in date with paschal festival of the church from Eastre, dawn goddess from Proto-Germanic an unverified form Austro (from source German Ostern) from Indo-European base an unverified form awes-: see east
- A Christian feast commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus.
- The day on which this feast is observed, the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after March 21.
Origin of EasterMiddle English ester from Old English ēastre ; see aus- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more easter, superlative most easter)
- (obsolete) Eastern.
Probably from Old English ēasterra
- (Christianity) A Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Christ; the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, neither earlier than March 22 nor later than April 25.
- We spent each of the past five Easters together as a family.
- (paganism) A festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara and celebrated at the spring equinox or within the month of April. Also known as Eostre.
From Old English ēastre, apparently from Ēastre, the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox, from Proto-Germanic *Austrǭ. Compare German Ostern.