A painting depicting the Pentecost.
Pentecost is defined as a Christian holiday held on the 7th Sunday after Easter which celebrates the holy spirit descending on Jesus' disciples after Jesus ascended, or a Jewish holiday celebrating Moses' receipt of the Ten Commandments.
A Jewish holiday or a Christian holiday are examples of Pentecost.
- a Christian festival on the seventh Sunday after Easter, celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles; Whitsunday
Origin of PentecostMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin pentecoste ; from Ecclesiastical Greek pent?kost? (h?mera), the fiftieth (day) after Passover ; from pent?konta, fifty ; from pente, five
- Christianity The seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. Also called Whitsunday.
- Judaism See Shavuot.
Origin of PentecostMiddle English pentecoste, from Old English Pentecosten, from Late Latin Pent&emacron;cost&emacron;, from Greek pent&emacron;kost&emacron; (h&emacron;mera), fiftieth (day), feminine of pent&emacron;kostos, fiftieth, from pent&emacron;konta, fifty; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.